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UN chief welcomes new efforts to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

19 July 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts of United States Secretary of State John Kerry to resume negotiations in the Middle East peace process.

"The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by US Secretary of State Kerry today in Amman, Jordan, that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians," Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in a statement.

The UN chief added that he was encouraged by "this positive development" and called on both sides to show leadership, courage, and responsibility to sustain this effort towards achieving the two-State vision.

He noted that the UN will continue to support any endeavor towards meaningful negotiations and to the achievement of a comprehensive peace in the region.

Direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Addressing the Security Council in April, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, urged the international community to maintain its commitment to advancing the prospects for resuming direct talks between the two sides.

At that time, he said that he was encouraged by the renewed US effort and Mr. Kerry's sustained personal engagement. He also stressed the importance for the parties to create the conditions conducive to a resumption of meaningful negotiations and avoid actions that would risk undermining such prospects.

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