Envoy calls for decisive action to save two-State solution

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Nickolay Mladenov briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Decisive action and a fundamental change in policy are needed to reverse the growing perception that the two-State solution is on life support, the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday.

Nickolay Mladenov welcomed Israel's decision to increase work permits for Palestinians in the West Bank, but said continued settlement building in the occupied territory undermined the viability of the two-State solution.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Nickolay Mladenov urged the Israeli authorities to reconsider plans to approve new residential units in the West Bank that he said will damage the prospects for peace.

Without a political process, he added, the rise of violent extremism and terrorism in the region threatens both the Palestinian people's legitimate aspirations for their own state, and Israel's security.

"Despite continuing security coordination in the West Bank, today the two sides are further apart from that goal than ever. Support for the two-state solution among both Palestinians and Israelis is fading away. The current situation on the ground is not sustainable as the two-state solution continues to be under threat including from settlement construction, security incidents, occupation-related violence, and lack of Palestinian unity."

The UN Special Coordinator called for Palestinian national unity and pledged to help foster the conditions needed for a return to meaningful negotiations.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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