Hope for solution to Arab-Israeli conflict must be restored "before too late"

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Robert H. Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Hope for a lasting solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians must be restored before it is too late, according to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Robert Serry was on Monday briefing the Security Council on his latest report on the situation in the Middle East and the question of Palestine.

He said Israelis and Palestinians still demand an end to the conflict despite what he called "their strong malaise" over the peace process.

Mr Serry said the international community cannot walk away from its responsibility to advocate for a framework for peace, highlighting recent decisions taken by several European governments.

“In a continuation of an ongoing trend in Europe, Parliaments in France, Spain, and Portugal adopted non-binding resolutions that call upon their respective governments to recognize a Palestinian State. These are significant developments that serve to highlight growing impatience at the continued lack of real progress in achieving a two-state solution, and that governments are under increased public pressure to promote an end of the conflict once and for all. ” (0'23")

The senior UN envoy added that these actions are not a substitute for a genuine peace process that will need to be negotiated between both parties.

In the meantime, Mr Serry described the situation on the ground as "explosive, and said he is deeply troubled by the recent escalation of tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank as daily clashes continue between Israelis and Palestinians.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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