UN chief sees "opportunity" in Moscow's Quartet meeting for Middle East peace talks

09:00, March 09, 2010      

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United Nations Secretary- general Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that the upcoming meeting of Middle East negotiators provides "a very good opportunity" for resuming peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Ban, who will participate in the meeting of the group, known as the Quartet, on March 19 in Moscow, said he would also meet with the League of Arab States in Libya on March 27 to promote the peace process.

The secretary-general is to meet with Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom later Monday at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Quartet, which is dedicated to search for peace in the Middle East, comprises Russia, the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

Ban told reporters that he has been "extensively engaged" with American, Palestinian, and Israeli leaders in a push for indirect talks that would eventually lead to direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Ban also said he is considering visiting Middle Eastern countries before his meeting with the League of Arab States but those plans are still under discussion.

Source: Xinhua
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