UN committed to helping parties reach agreement in Middle East peace talks

10:19, September 25, 2010      

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Discussing the launch of the Israeli-Palestinian direct peace negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN's commitment to helping the parties achieve a final agreement within one year.

The UN also backs a negotiated settlement which ends the occupation that began in 1967, said a UN readout issued here by Ban's spokesman at the end of the meeting.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here on Thursday.

During the meeting, Ban said that it is important to ensure a positive environment on the ground to support the negotiations.

The secretary-general and the Palestinian president touched on the state-building agenda, the achievements of the Palestinian Authority, and they also reviewed the situation in Gaza and the UN 's projects there, the readout said.

The UN chief expressed the UN's commitment to Palestinian reconciliation and said that he advocated ongoing efforts in order to achieve this.

The Israeli-Palestinian direct peace negotiations resumed on Sept. 2 in Washington, sponsored by the United States. The Israelis and the Palestinians still have disputes and differences over many issues, mainly the question of freezing settlement constructions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Source: Xinhua


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