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Source: United States of America
25 July 2013

Remarks With United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

John Kerry
Secretary of State

United Nations
New York City
July 25, 2013

SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Secretary Kerry, welcome to the United Nations. I’d like to highly commend and appreciate the strong leadership of Secretary Kerry for global peace and security and development and human rights.


On Middle East, I’d like to highly commend and appreciate Secretary Kerry’s leadership and consistent and principled engagement to revive this peace process for a two-state solution. Hard negotiations still lie ahead, but only the parties can make a decision, hard decisions. I strongly urge the leaders of Palestine and Israel to seize this opportunity and respond positively and courageously so that the two-state solution can be realized as soon as possible.


U.S. Government strong leadership is crucial in addressing all regional and global issues for humanity. Again, Mr. Secretary, welcome to the United Nations, and I look forward to have continuing partnership and strong supporting engagement of U.S. Government. Thank you very much. Welcome.



And finally, the granddaddy of them all, I guess, the question of the possibility of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Both leaders in the region, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, have made a courageous decision to try to return to final status talks. And it’s my hope that that will be able to happen as procedures are put in place by both countries in order to empower that.

So, Mr. Secretary-General, it’s a privilege to be here in this institution which dedicates itself day-to-day to ending violence, to enforcing people’s prospects for peace, and to trying to live by a code of universal values that I think all of us are proud to be affiliated with. So thank you for your leadership, and thank you for welcoming me here today. Thank you. Thank you, sir.


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