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February 1, 2012 11:42 am

UN Secretary General Tells Israel to Make Peace Gestures Towards PA

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with former U.S. President George W. Bush. Photo: wiki commons.

JTA – JERUSALEM – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to make some positive moves toward the Palestinians in order to bring them back to the negotiating table.

Ban was in Jerusalem Wednesday for meetings with Israeli leaders. He was scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah that evening.

“Unfortunately the two-state solution has not yet materialized, and the question is how to create the conditions that will propel the peace process further and spread democracy in the region,” Ban said during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres. “I hope that in this visit I will be able to make a contribution to these issues. It is my intention to convey the same message to Abbas tonight and to call both sides to resume negotiations.

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