Ban tours West Bank with Salam Fayyad

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 20, 2010 12:52

UN Secretary-General UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday he was "deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian situation" in the Gaza Strip.

During a tour of the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Ban called for renewing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

"Our Quartet partners have sent a clear message that we support your plan of establishing a viable, independent Palestinian state," Ban told Fayyad. He also expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Hamas-ruled Gaza, which has been buckling under a border blockade by Israel and Egypt for nearly three years.


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