Israelis and Palestinians should not let extremists ‘hijack’ peace process, Annan says

Calling on Israel and the Palestinians not to “allow extremists to hijack the process and dictate agendas,” United Nations Secretary-General today urged both sides to “recognize that they are partners in this endeavour and can only succeed or fail together” in the search for peace in the Middle East.

Quartet envoys meet to plan next steps in implementation of Middle East Road Map

The diplomatic Quartet for the Middle East - comprising the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union - is meeting at the envoys level today to discuss how to move ahead with the implementation of the Road Map peace plan.

Annan 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli raid in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced deep concern over Israel's military incursions today in Gaza, stressing that they violated international humanitarian law and contradicted the international community's latest efforts to solve the Middle East conflict.