Parallel progress needed in Middle East, Ban Ki-moon tells UN meeting

With a majority of both Israelis and Palestinians supporting a negotiated settlement to the Middle East conflict that would allow two States to live side by side in peace and security, it is vital that their leaders take concrete steps to achieve that goal, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a United Nations-sponsored meeting on the issue today.

Diplomatic Quartet urges Palestinian Unity Government to commit to key principles

Stressing the need for the new Palestinian National Unity Government to commit to non-violence, the recognition of Israel and the acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping that includes the United Nations – indicated that the Government’s commitment will be judged on its actions as much as its composition and platform.

UN chairs ‘productive’ meeting with Israeli, Lebanese forces

The commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon today reached agreement with senior Lebanese and Israeli military officers on improved coordination, and also discussed the Blue Line that separates the two countries, while in New York a new United Nations report cautioned that much remains to be done to bring long-term stability to the area.

Ban Ki-moon confers with key Middle East peace brokers on Palestinian unity cabinet

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a conference call today with his key international partners in efforts to broker a Middle East peace to discuss a joint approach to the new Palestinian unity government.

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.