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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Off-the-Cuff

Secretary-General's remarks to press after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Jerusalem, 23 July 2014

SG: Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the 15th day since the crisis began. We do not have much time to wait and lose. I really appreciate Secretary Kerry’s very intensive, very dynamic engagement with world leaders, as I have been doing. Together, we are now joining our forces and strength to make a ceasefire as soon as possible. But there are still some details which we have to make. That is why I am meeting Secretary Kerry for a second time. But we will continue to discuss this matter. I just spoke with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and I am also working with all the parties concerned who would have some influence in helping our joint effort, as well as working together to bring an end to this crisis as soon as possible. Thank you.


Off-the-Cuff on 23 July 2014