The Director of the Organization of African Unity?s Political Affairs Department says his organization has been vocal on the situation in the Mid-East since the recent escalation of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Sam Ibok says the OAU?s policy is for the two states to live side by side as independent entities and co-exist as neighbors. He says the immediate return to negotiations remains the key to resolving the current crisis.

Mr. Ibok spoke from Addis Ababa with reporter Richard Kotey.