International community "increasingly frustrated" with progress in peace process

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Palestinian women walk near Israel’s barrier near Ramallah in the West Bank. Photo: IRIN/Shabtai Gold (file)

The International community has become "increasingly frustrated" at the lack of progress in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian authority.

That's according to a report released by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Tensions have increased in recent weeks between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank with heightened levels of violence and renewed settlement activities.

Ana Carmo reports

The report warns that maintaining the status quo is not "tenable" and will "inexorably lead to the continued erosion of living conditions for Palestinians and for Israelis alike."

It says that would undermine security and stability for all people in the region.

It adds that the international community has become increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress on political negotiations and that the coming period will be critical for the future of the peace process.

The report will be presented to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Wednesday.

The Committee serves as the principal coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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