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Only ‘brief window’ open for new Mideast talks: UN official

International powers must quickly bring Israel and the Palestinians together for new talks to avoid a new Middle East crisis, a top UN official told the Security Council on Monday.

“We have a brief and crucial window to overcome the current impasse,” Oscar Fernandez Taranco, assistant UN secretary general for political affairs, told the council.

Highlighting international opposition to Israel’s refusal to extend a freeze on settlement building, Taranco said progress was needed in weeks. “The secretary general continues to believe that if the door to peace closes it will be very hard to reopen.”

via AFP: Only ‘brief window’ open for new Mideast talks: UN official.

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