Israel and Palestine must "pull back from brink": UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre). Photo: F. de La Mure/maedi

Israel and Palestine must "pull back from the brink" and create the conditions to enable a return to negotiations, the UN Secretary-General has urged.

He made the remarks during a meeting in Paris on the Middle East Peace Process on Friday where diplomats from over 30 countries were in attendance.

Representatives from Israel and Palestine were absent.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The obstacles to peace in the Middle East include terror, violence and the incitement that fuel them, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said. 

The Ministerial meeting in Paris was called out of "deep concern over the inability to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after nearly 50 years of occupation," he said. 

Echoing the view of French Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Mr Ban warned the two-state solution was at "great risk" and that it was "threatened" although it's still the only viable option.

The Secretary-General called on Israel to cease its policy of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts and demolishing Palestinian structures. 

He also urged the Palestinian leadership to reunite under a single, legitimate governing authority, condemn all acts of terror, combat violence and incitement. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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