UN chief calls for courage to find peace in the Middle East

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for courage to find a long-term solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr. Ban spoke in Jerusalem at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Secretary-General told reporters that he is in the region to lend strong support to the Middle East peace process.

He said he is encouraged that the Israelis and Palestinians have re-engaged in direct dialogue but for these negotiations to have a chance at success, they need to be meaningful.

"I know that when a problem has remained an open wound for decades, causing hardships and casualties on both sides, it might sometimes seem that the problem will never be solved. Dealing [with] the symptom might seem easier in the short-term. It takes courage, vision, and creativity to decide that the long-term cost of that problem is actually too high." (25")

The Secretary-General said that is what is now happening with the Israeli Palestinian issue.

He said he believes that Prime Minister Netanyahu recognizes that Israel will never realize its potential internally or externally, as long as there is no peace with the Palestinians.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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