The U.N. and its partners in the Middle East peace talks are planning to hold a high-level meeting in a bid to discuss ways to revive direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian territories. Direct talks between the two parties stalled following Israel’s decision not to renew a construction ban in Jewish settlements on the Gaza Strip.

“We have a brief and crucial window to overcome the current impasse,” U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the U.N. Security Council. “Intensive diplomatic efforts led by the United States and supported by all members of the Quartet are ongoing to create conditions conducive to the continuation of the negotiations.”

Fernandez-Taranco added that once the impasse is settled, the resumed talks should be more intensive in seeking resolutions to key issues such as borders, according to the U.N. News Center.

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