Inaction over Middle East political impasse could trigger crisis

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Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, tours Gaza. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The suspension of US- brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians poses a great risk to the prospects of a two-state solution.

That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Tuesday.

The United Nations supports the establishment of an independent State of Palestine based on the borders of 1967, alongside a secure State of Israel.

Nine months ago, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Envoy Martin Indyk led negotiations for a comprehensive settlement on all core issues.

Mr Serry hailed the two dignitaries for their "unprecedented effort".

"Yet efforts have faltered, given the inability for the parties to bridge gaps on their substantive positions or even accept with reservations, a US framework that would attempt to do just that. As of today, we know the talks have been suspended. It behooves the parties and all stakeholders to recognize this is another moment of truth. Inaction could see this turn into a crisis. This is why joint reflection is in order on how the current impasse came about and ways to overcome it."  (32″)

In a message delivered on 24 April, the Secretary-General urged the parties to continue the talks on a substantive basis beyond 29 April.

He warned that the "costs of walking away" from the negotiating table would be exponentially higher than the pain of compromises.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration:  1’34″


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