UN: Two-state solution in Middle East is "slipping from our fingers"

Achieving a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is increasingly in peril due to ongoing violence, lack of Palestinian unity and continued Israeli settlement activity, the UN envoy on the Middle East said Thursday.

Nickolay Mladenov, who coordinates the UN's efforts for the Middle East peace process, told the UN Security Council that the international community must redouble its efforts to push the sides closer to a political settlement.

"The time has come 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 ... make the prospect of a viable and independent Palestinian state less possible and less likely," Mladenov said.

He said that the Middle East Quartet - the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States - have begun working on a report that would take stock of the current situation on the ground and make recommendations for a way forward in the political negotiations.

"We remain seriously concerned that current trends - including continued acts of violence against civilians, incitement, ongoing settlement activity, and the high rate of demolitions of Palestinian structures - are dangerously imperiling the viability of a two-state solution," the envoy said.

Last update: Thu, 24/03/2016 - 22:39
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