Middle East: UN envoy voices optimism on recent political developments

The United Nations Middle East envoy today voiced optimism on recent political developments, most notably the re-engagement of the international community and Israel with the Government of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Middle East: Ban Ki-moon welcomes US President’s proposal for international meeting

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed United States President George W. Bush’s proposal for an international meeting on the Middle East this autumn.

Ban Ki-moon to attend Middle East Quartet meeting next week

The Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping that includes the United Nations, will meet in Lisbon next Thursday to assess the latest developments in the region and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the gathering, his spokesperson announced today.