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Source: United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
13 November 2013





Statement by the United Nations Special Coordinator
for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Robert Serry
on Israeli settlement announcements

Jerusalem, 13 November 2013



The Special Coordinator has been following with growing concern the series of settlement announcements made by Israel over the past weeks, which cannot be reconciled with the goal of a negotiated two-state solution.

The United Nations position, recently reiterated by the Secretary-General, is unequivocal: settlements are against international law and an obstacle to peace.

Against this backdrop, the Special Coordinator met today separately with the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. He understands from his discussion with chief negotiator Livni and other Israeli officials that yesterday’s decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped.

The Special Coordinator is also deeply concerned by recent violent incidents, which he condemns. At this sensitive moment, it is imperative to avoid negative actions and support ongoing talks to preserve the remaining chances of achieving a two-state solution in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

ENDS




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