News / Middle East

UN Chief to Seek Wider Arab Support for Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Margaret Besheer

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will ask Arab leaders to support indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians when he meets them in Sirte, Libya later this week.  

Just back from a Middle East Quartet meeting in Moscow and a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to depart Thursday for the Arab League summit in Libya.  He told the U.N. Security Council Arab support is needed for indirect negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I will urge them to support the proximity talks," said  Ban Ki-moon. "It is crucial for the Arab countries to help create a favorable atmosphere in which the talks can succeed."

He said that while the course of peace is ultimately in the hands of the Israelis and the Palestinians, the regional and international community must play a supportive, insistent, and at times, catalytic role in reaching that goal.

"I felt a strong consensus on the way forward in Moscow, and the determination to review progress collectively and to work more closely with both parties and the region, including the Arab League," he said. "Regional support for the peace effort and the regional approach to peace as a whole are both crucial.  I will carry these messages to Sirte, Libya."

Mr. Ban told reporters he understands Arab leaders are reluctant to support indirect talks, which should eventually lead to direct negotiations, and said he has been engaging directly with many Arab leaders, appealing to them to support the process.

He condemned Israel's announcement late Tuesday that it would build 20 new homes for settlers in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem as "unacceptable", and repeated the Quartet's call for a freeze on all settlement activity.

Mr. Ban urged both sides to reverse negative trends on the ground, including the blockade on Gaza and rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, saying confidence building measures are needed on both sides.   

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid