Last updated on: 1/2/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert H. Serry Biography

Title:
Former UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[W]ithout a credible political path forward, accompanied by more far-reaching steps on the ground, the viability of the Palestinian Authority and its statebuilding agenda – and, I fear, of the two State solution itself – cannot be taken for granted. Gaps of trust, perception and substance remain between the parties. It will not be easy to overcome them. However, I appeal to them to de-escalate, refrain from provocations and adhere to their obligations, enter direct negotiations, and come forward with concrete and negotiable proposals. The United Nations stands ready to play its full role in supporting such efforts in good faith, based on the international legal basis affirmed by the Quartet, including the resolutions of this Council and existing agreements between the parties.”

“Briefing to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East,” www.unsco.org, Nov. 21, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations, Nov. 2007-2015
  • Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestine Authority, Secretary General, United Nations, Nov. 2007-2015
  • Head, Middle East Section/Director, Africa and Middle East Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, 1986-1992
  • Former Netherlands Ambassador to Ireland
  • Former Netherlands Ambassador to Ukraine
  • Former Netherlands Ambassadors to Russia
  • Former Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Management and Operations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Education:
  • BA, cum laude, Political Science, University of Amsterdam
Other:
  • Twitter: @RobertHSerry
  • Married with three children
  • Participated in the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference of 1991
  • Born in 1950 in Calcutta, India
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Allow Settlements in the West Bank?