Israel should extend its partial moratorium on settlement construction and related activities beyond the original deadline of Sept. 26, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the U.N. Security Council Aug. 17. The official also urged Israel to extend the coverage of the moratorium to include East Jerusalem. A continued freeze on settlement activities would promote “an enabling climate on the ground” for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Fernandez-Taranco said, according to the Jerusalem Post. In his testimony to the Security Council, Fernandez-Taranco also noted that while the Palestinian Authority is making progress on its two-year state-building agenda, it would need additional external financing to prevent a potentially serious liquidity crisis.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.