Settlements making two-state solution "increasingly unattainable": UN official

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Nickolay E. MLADENOV (Shown on Screen), the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefs the Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 2334 live from Jerusalem. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Israel's continued settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territory is making the two-state solution "increasingly unattainable."

That's the message UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, delivered to the Security Council on Monday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Mladenov presented his latest report on the implementation of a 2016 Council resolution which states that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, violate international law.

He said settlement activity continued "at a high rate" over the reporting period, covering June through September.

His report also addressed deadly violence during this time, particularly related to unrest in Jerusalem's Old City, as well as the energy crisis in Gaza, among other concerns.

"Continuing settlement expansion, most notably during this period in East Jerusalem, is making the two-state solution increasingly unattainable and undermining Palestinian belief in the international peace efforts. In addition to illegal settlements, the practice of demolishing Palestinian structures in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and displacing Palestinians undermines the prospects of peace."

Mr Mladenov told the 15 ambassadors that "collective and determined action" by all sides is needed.

He added that the international community also has an obligation to help secure a peaceful future for Palestinians, Israelis and the entire region.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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