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20 January 2014
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
SECRETARY-GENERAL TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY: UNITED NATIONS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PLEAD
FOR TROOPS, POLICE, ASSETS 'WHILE VICTIMS OF WAR AND POVERTY SUFFER AND DIE'
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at an informal meeting of the General Assembly to hear a briefing on UN challenges, in New York on 17 January:
Happy New Year to you all. I wish you and your countries prosperity and peace in the year ahead. I thank you for this opportunity to address the General Assembly about our common future.
The coming year will be critical for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I strongly support the current negotiations and urge the parties to make the courageous commitments needed to end the occupation and achieve a two-State solution. The situation in Gaza remains a serious concern, with great potential for devastating escalation. I call on the authorities in Gaza, Israel and Egypt to do everything possible to prevent this, and to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation.
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