(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, warned Thursday that support for the two-state solution among both Palestinians and Israelis is "fading away." At an open debate on the situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian question, led by New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Mladenov told the Security Council that the current situation on the ground is not sustainable as the two state solution continues to be under threat including from settlement construction, security incidents, occupation related violence, and lack of Palestinian unity.
The UN official said that unilateral activities in the West Bank, including settlement construction, so-called legalization of outposts, demolitions and evictions "must stop." Moreover, Gaza's painstaking emergence from last summer's conflict is undermining belief among the population that genuine progress can be achieved.
In recent weeks, Mladenov said that in total, 50 Palestinians were injured in recent weeks, and four were shot and killed by Israeli security forces, including two at checkpoints near Nablus and Ramallah.
Mladenov voiced his deep concern about the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)'s current unprecedented financial crisis. If the current gap of USD 100 million is not closed in the next weeks, he said, there is a "serious risk that UNRWA schools, which educate 500,000 children throughout the Middle East, will not open." He then confirmed that this results in a grave implications for Palestine refugee children in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and for the stability and security of a region already in turmoil. The UN official urged donors to step up support for UNRWA at this critical time. (end)