UN: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in 'Profound and Persistent Deadlock'

UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process tells Security Council efforts to resume negotiations have become 'extremely difficult' due to lack of framework and settlement construction.

The United Nations acknowledged Tuesday the political process to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in a "profound and persistent deadlock," which has prompted the Palestinian side to explore the UN for alternatives.

Efforts to push both sides to resume negotiations have also become "extremely difficult," Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the UN Security Council.

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"In the absence of a framework for meaningful talks, and with Israeli settlement activity continuing, the Palestinians are actively exploring approaching the UN," Serry said.

He was referring to Palestinian plan to demand UN recognition of a Palestinian state when the UN General Assembly opens its annual session in mid-September.

Earlier Tuesday, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, told the Security Council that a Palestinian unilateral move for statehood in September "will not bring peace to our region." Speaking at the monthly debate on the situation in the Middle East, Prosor said that "the Palestinian initiatives at the United Nations may be superficially attractive to some, yet they distract from the true path to peace."