UN chief Ban calls for direct Netanyahu-Abbas talks
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that it was time for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to meet face-to-face to lower tensions over attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem. “I strongly suggested and urged them to sit down together,” Ban told reporters after his return from the Middle East, where he met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Ban’s visit to the region came amid sharp tensions over a series of violent attacks that have left several Israelis and Palestinians dead.
21 October, 2015 UN chief to brief Security Council on Israeli-Palestinian violence UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the Security Council on Wednesday on his trip to the Middle East where he is seeking to defuse weeks of violence, diplomats said. Ban made the request to urgently speak to council members by video-conference from the Palestinian West Bank city […]
22 October, 2015 UN chief 'not optimistic' about Israeli-Palestinian crisis UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was "not optimistic" following his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urge them to defuse tensions, diplomats said. The UN chief traveled to the region on Tuesday to urge the Israelis and […]
28 June, 2016 UN chief urges Netanyahu to make tough choices in farewell visit UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take "courageous steps" toward peace on a farewell visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Ban visited the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, met Netanyahu and later held talks in the occupied West […]