"Time is not on the side of peace" says Secretary-General

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds a joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

"Time is not on the side of peace," said the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday, during his second day of meetings to try and diffuse mounting violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Speaking in Ramallah after meeting Palestinian President Abbas, Ban Ki-Moon said that the UN would continue to support efforts towards a negotiated two-state solution.

Matthew Wells reports.

After meeting leading Israeli politicians on Tuesday, Ban Ki-Moon said he welcomed their assurances that the historic status quo at holy sites revered by Muslims and Jews, would remain.

He stressed that on-going settlement activity in the West Bank by Israel was illegal, but he called for all sides to denounce violence and what he called, "hateful discourse."

"Palestinian and Israeli political, community and religious leaders must stand firm against terror, violence and incitement," he added.

Daily clashes between Palestinians and Israelis have left nearly sixty people dead over the past month, the majority Palestinian.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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