03.02.2012 10.Schwat. 5772
On visit to Israel, Ban Ki-moon calls on leaders to show courage to resolve conflict.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is worried by the collapse of the Middle East peace talks brokered by Jordan and by the Palestinians' drive for UN recognition. In an interview with Haaretz, Ban said he is concerned by possible damage to various UN institutions if the Palestinian Authority presses ahead with its membership requests to them. The stalled peace talks under the auspices of King Abdullah only started last month.
"The Palestinians' aspirations for a state must be realized as part of a negotiation process," Ban says, adding the aspiration to establish a sovereign Palestinian state is long overdue….