12 February 2015
UN Deputy Secretary-General: ‘Together with the Israelis and the Palestinians, the international community holds the responsibility for what has been a collective failure to advance a political solution’
The resolution of the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict is ‘clearly a serious matter’ for international peace and security, particularly during a time when the entire Middle East is threatened with terrorism and violent extremism, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson warned.
Addressing the opening of the 2015 session of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Eliasson called on the UN system, the international community and all concerned stakeholders to work to revive negotiations for a two-state solution and end the impasse between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples which, he noted, had dangerously deteriorated. He said: ‘Together with the Israelis and the Palestinians, the international community holds the responsibility for what has been a collective failure to advance a political solution. The United Nations system, the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, this and other concerned Committees, must work to revive negotiations for a two-State solution.’
Source: UN News Centre | After ‘grim’ 2014, UN urges renewed push for Middle East peace
Source: United Nations | Deputy Secretary-General: Statements | Deputy Secretary-General's remarks, on behalf of the Secretary-General, at the opening of the 2015 Session of the Committee on the exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People | New York, 10 February 2015