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(photo credit: Associated Press)
NEW YORK – Amid a flurry of General Assembly-related activity at the United
Nations on Monday, President Shimon Peres had private bilateral meetings with UN
Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Peres and Ban discussed the Iranian nuclear threat and the status
of negotiations with the Palestinians. Peres spoke about the peace talks with
The Secretary-General “stressed the significance of extending and
expanding in scope the Israeli Government’s settlement restraint,”
a statement on the meeting issued by the Secretary- General’s office.
his meeting with Peres, Ban discussed the UN and Quartet’s support of
negotiations, with Ban reiterating “his belief that negotiations are the
way for Israel and the Palestinians to resolve all final status issues
realize their aspirations,” a spokesperson for the Secretary General’s
According to a readout of the meeting provided by Ban’s office, the
two men talked of the need “to maintain calm on the ground and to create
conducive environment for successful negotiations,” discussing Israeli
about security regarding Gaza.
“The Secretary-General repeated his
condemnation of rocket attacks on Israel, and spoke of the positive
the change in policy towards Gaza, including his hope that it would be
and further expanded,” the statement read.
On Tuesday, in an address to
the UN’s Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon
that the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process,
had praised the “genuine headway” made by Israel in approving
projects, concluding that Israeli measures had helped generate 16
in Gaza in the first half of 2010.
“While Israel will continue to
facilitate the entry of goods, we have little choice but to maintain the
security regime to prevent the flow of terrorists and arms in and out of
Ayalon said, calling upon the international community to join efforts to
illegal arms smuggling into Gaza in accordance with Security Council
1860 and the Quartet Statement of June 21, 2010.
Ayalon cautioned against
unauthorized flotillas, which he said “seek only violence, escalation
instant media headlines in an effort to delegitimize Israel.”
President Abdullah Gul, also in New York for the UN assembly, told the
Monday that Israel still needs to take public responsibility for the
flotilla incident that left nine passengers dead. “In the old world, in
times, if such an incident were to take place, wars would follow.
contributed to this report.