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New UN political chief sees potential for progress in Middle East peace efforts

Recent agreements can potentially pave the way for progress in Middle East peace efforts after a year in which hopes seemed to be steadily diminishing, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, cautioning that success will require action by the parties.

Middle East peace process must continue despite ‘enormous’ challenges – Ban Ki-moon

In the face of “enormous” challenges – such as Israeli military operations and Palestinian suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians – the Middle East peace process must persevere in order for Israelis and Palestinians to exist peacefully as neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Diplomatic Quartet backs renewed political process in Middle East – Ban Ki-moon

Welcoming recent signs of progress between Israelis and Palestinians on improving the situation in the Middle East, the high-level diplomatic Quartet, which includes the United Nations, today reaffirmed its determination to promote dialogue between the two sides, while urging both to refrain from any actions that may adversely affect negotiations.

Ban Ki-moon phones Saudi, Israeli, Palestinian leaders on latest peace moves

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telephoned King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend, reiterating international terms for solving the Middle East conflict that include recognition of Israel, and urging support for the Palestinian unity accord.

Middle East Quartet endorses latest peace talks initiative, Ban Ki-moon says

Voicing deep concern at the explosion of intra-Palestinian violence, the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East today called for Palestinian unity while offering its backing for United States efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations, one member of the grouping.

Ban Ki-moon looks for more than words from Friday’s high-level Middle East meeting

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for more than mere words from tomorrow’s high-level diplomatic meeting in Washington of key partners seeking a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution.

Israel: Ban Ki-moon deplores suicide bombing; urges Palestinians to stop further attacks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest possible terms the Palestinian suicide bombing which killed three people and wounded another at a bakery in the Israeli town of Eilat and called for swift action by Palestinian security forces to prevent threatened further attacks.

World cannot afford another year like 2006 in Middle East and Lebanon: UN official

Warning the Security Council that the world cannot afford another year like 2006 in the Middle East and Lebanon, the top United Nations political officer today called for a “resumed political process” between Israel and the Palestinians, adding that solutions are also urgently needed in Lebanon, where more clashes occurred in the capital Beirut.

Two new Force Commanders to head UN missions in Golan Heights and Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named two generals with United Nations peacekeeping experience as the new Force Commanders for the world body’s operations in the Golan Heights and Lebanon.