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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

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.2

Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, speaks to journalists, following his meeting with United States Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Mikhail L. Bogdanov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 11 January 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandDuring a press briefing on 25 July, prior to a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Secretary-General reiterated his call for an end to military activities by both parties in Syria and for the holding of a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible. He said that together with Joint Special Representative Continue reading

Efforts to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks welcomed

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and US Secretary of State John Kerry at a joint press conference (February 2013). UN Photo/Mark GartenSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts of United States Secretary of State John Kerry to resume negotiations in the Middle East peace process. “The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by US Secretary of State Kerry today in Amman, Jordan, that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians,” Continue reading