Following a request from Arab countries to call an immediate open meeting on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, members of the United Nations Security Council held closed-door consultations this morning and agreed to continue discussions on the matter.
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process today condemned recent violence in the area and stressed that an end to the crisis would require both political progress and efforts to improve conditions facing the Palestinians.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in New York that the Middle East region was facing a "major crisis" and stressed that all the parties involved must work together to help "in ending the tragedy and getting back to the table."
Amid growing international concern over the latest spate of Middle East violence, a top United Nations envoy met today with senior Palestinian officials and then headed for Jordan and Syria for more high-level meetings.
Reacting to ongoing insecurity in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the importance of recognizing that the issues of violence, economic deprivation and the political process were interlinked and had to be tackled flexibly.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed today that the ongoing Middle East violence made the need for peace talks ever more urgent and said that he continued to be in contact with all concerned parties in an effort to end clashes and resume negotiations.