I've written before about solutions that are disguised as stalemates.
There are times when a matter has been pushed to a point which, although unsatisfactory to all parties, is as good as it will ever get. Moving beyond that point will create an even worse situation. Neither side deserves an outright victory and each may eventually suffer if their wishes were granted.
This is frustrating to those who like to see a nice, clean, solution wrapped up in a white box with a red bow. It is challenging even to those who accept the concept, but wonder when the magical point has been reached. The key question in determining the point is: If either side wins more, will it make matters worse?
If the answer is yes, you have probably arrived at the point.