UN envoy urges world to act for peace in Mideast

NEW YORK, March 24 (KUNA) — UN Special coordinator for Middle East Peace Process urged the international community to “move beyond mere condemnations” in seeking best way to peace.
Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council today that Israel should understand that building more walls, administrative detentions, punitive demolitions and movement restrictions all breed anger among people who feel they are being collectively humiliated, punished and discriminated against.
He said that six months after initial upsurge violence, it remained blatantly clear that security measures alone would not contain the forces perpetuating the violence.
Israelis and Palestinians must, at long last, face the stark realities that continued to drive the violence and hold a two-State solution hostage, he emphasized.
Both sides must actively take steps that would demonstrate their commitment to, and create the conditions for, an eventual return to negotiations so as to achieve a viable Palestinian State and ensure Israel’s long-term security.
“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 to return to meaningful negotiations,” he spoke before the Council.
That was why the Secretary-General, European Union, Russian Federation and the United States – all members of the Middle East Quartet – had stepped up efforts to break the political impasse, he added. He noted that the Quartet envoys had begun work on a report that would review the situation on the ground, identify dangers to a two-State solution and provide recommendations on the way forward.
In closing, the UN official said that while there could be no peace without hope, fostering hope required courageous leadership that was willing to articulate a clear political horizon. (end) mao.ibi