Mladenov urges Israelis, Palestinians to urgently comply with basic commitments

NEW YORK, June 30 (KUNA) — UN Middle East coordinator called for an urgent need for both sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict to comply with their basic commitments under existing agreements and to take affirmative steps to prevent entrenching a one-state reality of perpetual occupation and conflict.
Before the Security Council, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov outlined three trends included in his Quartet report-to be published tomorrow- that undermines hope for peace. Firstly, the continuing violence, terrorism, and incitement; Secondly, it is the continuing policy of settlement expansion and related policies in the West Bank; and thirdly, the situation in Gaza and the lack of control of Gaza by the Palestinian Authority.
Mladenov stressed once again that these negative trends “can and must be urgently reversed” in order to advance the two-state solution on the ground. This main objective of the report, he told the Council, is not about assigning blame, but rather providing a way forward to support the goal we all share of achieving a negotiated two-state solution.
“We hope to provide a constructive path that can help advance the two state solution on the ground and create the conditions for meaningful negotiations in the future,” he added.
The report contains recommendations to both sides, and specifically to the Palestinians and Israelis in relation to violence, incitement to violence, Israeli settlement construction and related policies, Palestinian unity and institution building.
Based on the report, Mladenov hoped that the two parties will engage with the Quartet in order to constructively move the process forward. The UN official said he Quartet has outlined a reasonable set of steps that, if implemented “sincerely and resolutely,” with support from the international community, could set Israelis and Palestinians firmly along a navigable course towards establishing a comprehensive peace with historic implications for the entire region. However, being unequivocally clear, Mladenov suggested that a permanent status agreement ending the conflict can only be achieved through “direct, bilateral negotiations,” the outcome of which cannot be prejudged by unilateral steps that would not be recognized by the international community.
The report to be published most likely tomorrow, does not provide a complete review of the humanitarian, political, legal, and security aspects of the situation. It focuses on the major threats to achieving a negotiated peace and offers recommendations on the way forward. The Quartet pledges its active support for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) and reaffirms that a negotiated two-state outcome that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for state- hood and sovereignty, ends the occupation that began in 1967, and resolves all permanent status issues is the only way to achieve an enduring peace. (end) mao.ibi

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