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UN envoy Mladenov: Absence of political process 'dangerous'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov stressed the UN's commitment to supporting peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, speaks to the media after a meeting with Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf March 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani  (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST HEADSHOT) - RTR4RUYP
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The UN's recently appointed Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov has sounded a strong warning about the absence of any political process. In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Mladenov spoke of the need for the new Israeli government to make a move for peace, calling the current status quo “ultimately untenable.” The peace envoy insisted that such a process must include a freeze of settlement activities, saying, “The absence of a political process today is dangerous for all … particularly given the turmoil in the region.”

Mladenov said that the goal of the UN and the international community is the lifting of the closure on Gaza, generally referred to as a blockade. However, “Before that becomes possible, we will work with the [Palestinian Authority] and the Israeli government to facilitate the entry of much-needed construction materials,” he said.

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