Ban Ki-moon recommends extension of UN force in Golan Heights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says another six-month extension of the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights is essential given continuing tension in the region.

Political solution the only answer to Middle East conflict, Ban Ki-moon stresses

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today’s 40th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War with a reminder to all sides that Palestinian statehood, security for Israelis and peace in the region cannot be achieved by force.

Ban Ki-moon briefs Security Council on tense Middle East situation

The situation in the Middle East remains volatile and tense, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council today, with fresh clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the resumption of fighting at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

Diplomatic Quartet calls on both sides to ‘work constructively’ towards peace

The Middle East diplomatic Quartet issued a wide-ranging statement today calling on Israel and the Palestinians to work constructively to create an environment where there can be progress towards Palestinian statehood that is consistent with previous international agreements and resolutions.

Ban Ki-moon heads to Berlin for top-level Quartet meeting on Middle East

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on his way to Berlin to attend Wednesday’s high-level meeting of the Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping trying to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Middle East peace hopes more unstable after volatile month – UN official

The recent eruption of violence in the Gaza Strip and its extension into southern Israel illustrates the volatility of the Middle East conflict, and the longer it continues, the greater the long-term threat to prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, the United Nations’ political affairs chief told the Security Council today.

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

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a meeting of the Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping trying to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, in Berlin next week, his spokesperson announced today.

Secretary-General dispatches Middle East envoy amid rising concern

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is dispatching his new Middle East envoy Michael Williams to the region for consultations after a week of deadly violence involving intra-Palestinian clashes, Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli military operations.

General Assembly President issues call for women’s rights in Middle East

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, a lawyer and rights advocate from Bahrain, has issued a strong call for addressing the social, educational and other constraints impeding the equality of women in the Middle East.

British adviser chosen as next UN envoy on Middle East peace process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the United Kingdom’s Michael Williams, a long-time United Nations staffer and foreign policy adviser, to the post of Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.