UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry voiced his concern about a series of settlement announcements made by Israel over the past weeks, as the move would hurt the peace chance in the ongoing talks between Israel and Palestine, a UN spokesperson said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Israel reportedly announced plans to build 20,000 new homes in the West Bank, prompting Palestine to threaten an end to peace talks that resumed months ago after a three-year hiatus.
Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, expressed his worry over the recent incidents which " cannot be reconciled with the goal of a negotiated two-state solution," UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing.
According to Nesirky, Serry met with the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in separate occasions Wednesday.
After discussion with chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni, the UN coordinator issued a statement by saying he learnt that " yesterday's decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped."
"At this sensitive moment, it is imperative to avoid negative actions and support ongoing talks to preserve the remaining chances of achieving a two-State solution in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians alike," said the statement.
To reach an agreement to end the decades-long conflict, Israel and Palestine resumed direct talks in August after a suspension in 2010 when Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.