UN Secretary General praises unity accord

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (UN Photo)


Calling the agreement between Fatah and Hamas on a Palestinian national unity government a “very important step forward,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he looks forward to discussing the way ahead in resolving the Middle East conflict.

“He hopes that this agreement will curb the violence, creating a better future for the Palestinian people,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.

“The Secretary-General looks forward to discussing the way ahead with the parties and regional and Quartet partners,” it added, referring to the four key Middle East peace brokers - UN, Russia, European Union and United States - who have been promoting the so-called Road Map plan for a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, originally slated for completion by the end of 2005.

Mr. Ban praised Saudi Arabian King Abdullah for his role in helping to bring about the national unity agreement.

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