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Mideast peace `a shattered dream': McCully

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/09/2016

© Getty Foreign Minister Murray McCully has told the UN Security Council its 50-year goal of achieving a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis is close to failure.

He said it was time for the council to ask more of the Israelis and the Palestinians.

"We all express dismay and outrage about the violence affecting ordinary Israelis and Palestinians, and yet innocent lives continue to be lost," he said in a just-delivered speech.

"We all condemn settlements, and yet they continue to expand.

"We repeatedly encourage both sides to compromise and find a road to peace, and yet angry rhetoric and incitement prevail."

Mr McCully said reconciliation had been put on the back burner and rockets from Gaza continued to target Israeli towns and cities.

"The result of these developments is that the two state solution - the vision and goal of this council for nearly 50 years - is close to becoming a shattered dream."

New Zealand is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the council and currently holds the presidency.

Prime Minister John Key will be at the UN next week and has called a high-level meeting to discuss the Syrian situation.

It's scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

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