UN chief tells Israelis, Palestinians to urgently calm tensions
UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday they were at a “dangerous abyss” and must act quickly to calm nearly three weeks of unrest before it spirals further out of control. The stark comments came as the UN secretary general made an unannounced visit to Jerusalem to try to ease tensions that have led to mounting international concern. As he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ban also spoke of the danger of allowing an escalation “into a religious conflict with potential regional implications” and urged efforts to ensure that did not occur.
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 […]
23 October, 2015 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 […]
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 […]
11 November, 2015 Netanyahu says no immediate way forward for Mideast peace Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on a visit to Washington, voiced pessimism about the prospect of peace with the Palestinians, suggesting the current stalemate was likely to remain in place. A peace process to end nearly 70 years of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians […]