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UN envoy warns any Israeli annexations risk peace prospects

  • Israel U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, right, watches a video broadcast of Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, during a Security Council debate on the Middle East conflict Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Israel U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, right, watches a video broadcast of Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, during a Security Council debate on the Middle East conflict Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestine U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour addresses a Security Council debate on the Middle East conflict Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at UN headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Palestine U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour addresses a Security Council debate on the Middle East conflict Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at UN headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israel U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon display pictures of four victims of a recent attack in Israel, as he speaks during a Security Council debate on the Middle East conflict Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Israel U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon display pictures of four victims of a recent attack in Israel, as he speaks during a Security Council debate on the Middle East conflict Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. envoy trying to promote Middle East peace warns that any attempt by Israel to annex part or all of the West Bank risks destroying prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Nickolay Mladenov told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that "divisive" calls for annexations in the 60 percent of the West Bank exclusively controlled by Israel known as Area C have been made following the council's approval of a resolution last month condemning Israel's settlement construction.

He stressed that Israel and the Palestinians "must avoid any unilateral action that would prejudge a negotiated final status solution."

The Palestinian U.N. ambassador Riyad Mansour says the resolution's adoption "represents a turning point" and Israel "must choose between occupation and peace."

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon says it has set back peace.