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Statement by Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the passing of the so-called settlements “Regularisation bill”

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so called “Regularisation bill” on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel. It reportedly provides immunity to settlements and outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately-owned Palestinian land.

The Secretary-General insists on the need to avoid any actions that would derail the two-state solution. All core issues should be resolved between the parties through direct negotiations on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions and mutual agreements. The United Nations stands ready to support this process.

New York, 7 February 2017

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

Statement By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon On The Death Of His Excellency Mr. Shimon Peres, Former President Of Israel

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Shimon Peres, the former President of the State of Israel.  I offer condolences to his family and friends, and to the people of Israel.

Shimon Peres played a central role in Israel’s founding, and served his country throughout his life, not only as President but also Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister and in other key roles.    He worked tirelessly for a two-state solution that would enable Israel to live securely and harmoniously with the Palestinians and the wider region, a commitment duly recognized when he shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.  He was also a good partner of the United Nations, eager to see Israel contribute to the work of the international community.

I met Mr. Peres on many occasions, and always benefitted from his views.  Even in the most difficult hours, he remained an optimist about the prospects for reconciliation and peace.

As he once said at the United Nations, “The time has come to comprehend that the real triumph is in the harvest of peace, not in the seeds of another war.  When we replace war maps with peace maps, we will discover the differences were minimal.  The wars were appalling.  We shall see that the promised land could have become the land of promise a long time ago.”

May his spirit of determination guide us as we work to ensure peace, security and dignity for Israelis, Palestinians and all the peoples of the region.

New York
27 September 2016

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Flags of the Holy See and Palestine to fly at UN Headquarters

Amidst heated debates about the political value of symbolic gestures, the General Assembly today adopted five resolutions on a wide range of topics, including the raising of flags by non-member observer States at the United Nations and debt restructuring. Continue reading

‘A Thousand Cuts’ Destroying Two-State Solution, Top United Nations Middle East Envoy Tells Security Council during Quarterly Debate

Calling for decisive action to reverse the growing perception that the two-State solution was dying a death “by a thousand cuts”, the top United Nations Middle East envoy today urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to engage in a broad political framework with the goal of achieving a final status agreement, during the Security Council’s quarterly open debate on the subject. Continue reading

Challenges Faced by Media in Covering Israeli-Palestinian Story Focus as International Seminar on Peace in Middle East Opens

The United Nations would spare no effort in supporting the quest for peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants in a two-day international media seminar today, stressing that a free, pluralistic media was essential in covering both the Israeli-Palestinian story and broader regional dynamics in a fast-paced digital world. Continue reading

Middle East: Appealing for ceasefire, Ban urges Israel, Palestinians to find common ground

10 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned the United Nations Security Council of the “risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza” and made an urgent appeal for maximum restraint, saying his “paramount concern is the safety and well-being of all civilians, no matter where they are.”

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Wrapping up Middle East visit, Ban voices hope 2013 will be ‘decisive’ year for peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. UN Photo/Rick BajornasSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Jerusalem, stressed his full support for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and voiced the hope that this year will be a decisive one for peace in the Middle East. “I am encouraged that Israelis and Palestinians have re-engaged in direct dialogue. But for these negotiations to have a Continue reading

501 Fijian troops join UNDOF on the Israel-Syria border

UN peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) patrol the Golan Heights area between Camp Faouar and Camp Ziouani. The peacekeeping mission was established by Security Council resolution 350 (1974) of 31 May 1974 to: maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria; supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces; and supervise the areas of separation and limitation, as provided in the May 1974 Agreement on Disengagement. 07 April 2011 Golan Heights, SyriaAccording to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, as of 29 July, UNDOF has 1,166 troops comprised of 501 from Fiji, 193 from India, 339 from Philippines, 130 from Nepal, and three staff officers from Ireland. As for the situation in the Golan, it remains volatile; there are clashes between the Syrian Armed Forces Continue reading

Security Council discusses situation in Middle East

A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. 23 July 2013 United Nations, New YorkIntense diplomatic activity to rekindle the peace process and achieve a two-State solution had reached a “decisive point” as Israelis and Palestinians had agreed, in principle, to return to the negotiating table, said the top United Nations Middle East official today during an open debate of the Security Council. Continue reading