Envoys drafting report on way forward for Israeli and Palestinians

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Nikolay Mladenov. UN File Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A two-state solution to the crisis between Israelis and Palestinians is "slipping from our fingers," a senior UN official said on Thursday.

Nikolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, made the comment in a briefing to the Security Council.

He said international envoys are preparing a report that will include recommendations for the way forward.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Mladenov spoke about the current wave of violence across Israel and the West Bank.

Thirty Israelis and 198 Palestinians have been killed in the past six months, he reported.

The UN official said ending the violence must be the immediate priority of the international community.

It also must show that prospects for a two-state solution are not dead.

"The time has come to ring the alarm bells; to ring the alarm bells that the two-state solution is slipping from our fingers, that it is disappearing as the realities on the ground, driven by the ongoing settlement activities and confiscation of Palestinian land, as well as the continued lack of genuine Palestinian unity, make the prospect of a viable and independent Palestinian state less possible and less likely. The time has come for us to speak clearly as to the risks that undermine the two-state solution but also point to the way forward to a return to meaningful negotiations."

Mr Mladanov foreshadowed a report by international envoys that will look at impediments to a two-state solution and make recommendations for the way forward.

He said the report by the Middle East Quartet—which comprises the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union—is part of efforts to break the current impasse.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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