Russia and the United Nations vowed Thursday to resuscitate
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, whose prospects collapsed following
Israel's announcement it would build new homes in east Jerusalem.
Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that Friday's meeting of
the so-called Quartet of international mediators in Moscow should help
"There is no other alternative to direct peace talks," Ban said after a meeting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Lavrov said that the main goal of the mediators — Russia, the United
States, the UN and the European Union — is to persuade Israel and the
Palestinians to resume talks.
He said the Quartet would issue a strong joint statement when their Moscow meeting concludes Friday.