Ban 'Ashamed' over Israel-Palestinian Peace Process

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday he was "ashamed" at a lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"I feel guilty, ashamed of the lack of progress," he told an event organized by foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House in London.

"Basically it's up to the leadership of Israel and the Palestinians to put an end to the conflict," he said.

"I am not working for a particular country or a particular policy but for the people in the region."

The peace process has been deadlocked since a U.S. peace mission collapsed in April 2014.

U.N. diplomats say Ban is hoping to get peace talks moving again before he steps down as secretary-general at the end of the year.

But last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused him of "encouraging terrorism" after the U.N. chief said it was understandable that the Palestinians were resisting Israeli military rule.

Israel seized the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.

Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war and pulled its troops and settlers out in 2005 but still exercises control over most of Gaza's borders, waters and airspace.

Ban was speaking at Methodist Central Hall, which hosted the first ever meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946.

Comments 2
Thumb nonabel. 05 February 2016, 20:22

Mr. Moon, the chosen ones led by Natanazi do not want peace. They do not want to define their borders as of yet, they want the whole pie, Lebanon included.

Missing phillipo 06 February 2016, 12:53

Why doesn't Mr. Ban take the initiative and come out with as declaration that Peace talks will commence the participation of President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu and will continue until an agreement is reached, (as happened at Camp David).
Let us see which one of the two starts putting up barriers or simply refuses to attend.
Then Mr. Moon (and you "nonabel") will know who exactly doesn't want peace within recognised borders.