UN and Middle East partners condemn ‘all acts of terror,’ reiterate need to de-escalate tensions in region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second left) at a meeting of the representatives of Middle East Quartet (namely, the UN, the United States, the Russian Federation and the European Union). UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

17 December 2015 – After two days of meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah with Israeli and Palestinian officials, the United Nations and its partners in the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process strongly condemned today all acts of terror and stressed the importance of opposing unequivocally incitement and violence and de-escalate the situation.

According to a statement issued from Jerusalem, the Envoys of the Middle East Quartet – from the European Union, , the United States and the United Nations – met with their Israeli counterparts on 16 and 17 December.

Over the two days, the statement explains, the Quartet Envoys met with officials from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and officials from the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to discuss current conditions on the ground and concrete actions to demonstrate their commitment to the two-state solution.

“The Quartet Envoys reiterated the need for significant steps on the ground, in line with previous agreements, which will strengthen Palestinian institutions, security and economic prospects, while respecting Israel's legitimate security concerns,” said the statement, adding that the Envoys will review the results of their recent engagement with the parties and with regional States, and report to their Principals with recommendations on next steps.

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