1 May 2014

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Urges Israelis, Palestinians to Exercise Prudence,


Not Jeopardize Prospects for Peace


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General has kept abreast of ongoing developments in the Middle East peace process.  He notes that, as reflected in the Security Council debate on 29 April, now is the time for the international community and the parties alike to reflect on how to preserve the prospects for a two-State solution.

The Secretary-General urges both Israelis and Palestinians to exercise prudence and avoid unilateral steps that would diminish the prospects for a resumption of negotiations and reach an agreement.  It is incumbent upon the parties to convince each other anew that they are partners for peace.  The international community too must uphold its long stated commitment to realizing a comprehensive peace settlement.

The Secretary-General appeals to all concerned to use this time constructively to find a meaningful path forward.

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