UN's Ban welcomes Kerry's announcement that basis established to resume peace talks

July 20, 2013 09:03

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday commended US Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by US Secretary of State Kerry today in Amman, Jordan, that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians,” Ban's spokesman said.The statement added that Ban was encouraged by “this positive development” and called on both sides to show leadership, courage, and responsibility to sustain this effort towards achieving the two-state vision.

He noted that the UN will continue to support any endeavor towards meaningful negotiations and to the achievement of a comprehensive peace in the region.

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