Middle East Quartet voices ‘serious concern’ at continuing cycle of violence

Envoys for the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process – comprising the United States, Russian Federation, European Union, and United Nations – today voiced their “very serious concern” at the continuing cycle of violence in the region and repeated their call for an immediate ceasefire.

Suffering of Palestinians, Israelis can end only through political solution, UN envoy says

The suffering of Palestinians and Israelis - the deaths and injuries, the economic devastation, the profound insecurity - can end only through a political solution, a top United Nations envoy in the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, said today at a meeting in London on Palestinian reform.

Annan welcomes Arafat's intention to appoint Prime Minister

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today welcomed the announcement by Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat that he intends to appoint a Prime Minister and also that he fully embraces the so-called road map of the diplomatic Quartet.

Quartet’s road map remains best path towards Middle East peace, Security Council told

The best path towards achieving a comprehensive regional peace in the Middle East remains moving forward with the road map of the diplomatic Quartet, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.