Ban Ki-moon to discuss planned Israeli settlements with Quartet partners

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he would discuss planned Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem with his diplomatic partners in the Quartet, which brings together the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and the United States in the search for a lasting solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

Secretary-General names Robert Serry of the Netherlands as Middle East envoy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint Robert H. Serry of the Netherlands as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

Quartet voices support for Middle East conference in Annapolis

The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, made up of the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, has voiced its full support for a conference on the region being held today in the US city of Annapolis.

Piecemeal approaches will not resolve Middle East conflict – Ban Ki-moon

It is time to “abandon piecemeal approaches” to resolving the Middle East conflict and start final status negotiations that deal with all the issues in dispute, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an international meeting on the region being held today in the United States city of Annapolis.

UN political chief to attend Middle East Quartet meeting

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs is heading to a meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday of the envoys of the Middle East Quartet, which brings together the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, a spokesperson for the world body announced.

UN official voices concern at humanitarian conditions facing Palestinians

Raising concerns about the humanitarian conditions facing Palestinians, the top United Nations political official today told the Security Council that planned Israeli measures could further hamper relief efforts.

Ban Ki-moon, Israeli official stress importance of upcoming Middle East meeting

Next month’s United States-sponsored international meeting will be critical to the Middle East peace process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ehud Barak emphasized today during talks at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Secretary-General lauds Israeli-Hizbollah exchange of humanitarian gestures

Welcoming the exchange of humanitarian gestures by Israel and Hizbollah mediated by his facilitator, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that this will create momentum to push both sides to comply with the key humanitarian demands of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended last year’s war in Lebanon.

‘Calculated risks’ crucial in pushing Middle East peace process forward – UN official

The situation on the ground in the Middle East is volatile and “calculated risks” are necessary to achieve peace, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, ahead of a series of high-level meetings to be held this weekend.

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.