UN Official Hopeful with Renewed Peace Efforts

NEW YORK, May 23, 2013 (WAFA) – A senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that he was encouraged by the renewed efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said he was encouraged by the renewed US effort and sustained personal engagement of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry is scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian and Israeli officials on Thursday in a bid to re-start direct negotiations. This is his fourth trip to the region since he assumed office in March.

Serry stressed to the Security Council the importance of “advancing the prospects for the resumption of meaningful talks towards the realization of a two-state solution.”

He warned, however, that it was “crucial that both sides reverse negative trends on the ground to restore confidence in each other and in the possibility of a solution.”

He said he was troubled by “recent tensions around the sensitive issue of Jerusalem, particularly when it came to restrictions of access to holy sites,” and by the friction between Palestinians and Israelis on “Nakba Day,” when Israel was created after Palestinians lost their homeland in 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The UN official said that the efforts to “achieve the negotiated two state solution are likely to reach a critical point in the coming weeks ahead.”

He hoped the leaders on both sides will demonstrate their commitments and will seize the opportunity.

Source: WAFA News