UNITED NATIONS – The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy is warning that Security Council resolutions addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be a substitute for peace negotiations between the two sides.
But Robert Serry said council action would be "a major step" and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes it will spur renewed talks.
Serry spoke to the council Monday after the Palestinians announced they will push for a council vote this week on a resolution setting a November 2016 deadline for ending Israeli occupation. France is also spearheading negotiations on a resolution that would set the outlines of a peace deal, with a binding time frame.
The United States, Israel's closest ally, has indicated both drafts are unacceptable. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Israeli leaders Monday and Palestinian officials Tuesday.