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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
Secretary-General
11 January 2007



Secretary-General
SG/SM/10839

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

TRANSCRIPT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
 
AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, 11 JANUARY 2007
 

Secretary-General: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I am delighted to see you all again.

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Another priority will be to inject new momentum into the search for peace and stability in the Middle East.  On my way to Africa, I will attend the Lebanon reconstruction conference in Paris.  On Israel-Palestine, I am pushing for a Quartet meeting to take place as soon as possible.

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Question: You mentioned the Middle East before, and you are going to a Quartet meeting.  Your predecessor had said that it was time for the Quartet to set deadlines, take concrete action and not just issue vague statements.  Do you have any proposals for what it should do?

Secretary-General:  It is very important to re-energize the Quartet process at this time, to help facilitate the peace process in the Middle East, and I have consulted on this matter with the parties concerned, the participants in the Quartet process.  I hoped to have it done during my participation in the international conference on Lebanon reconstruction, but we found that there is some scheduling conflict, and we are now pushing to have that Quartet meeting convened as soon as possible.

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Secretary-General:  ...

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About this exact date or timing of the Quartet meeting, I cannot tell you at this time, but I can tell you that I am very closely discussing this matter with Secretary [Condoleezza] Rice, Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov, Mr. [Javier] Solana of the European Union and the European Union Presidency.  We will let you know whenever we have some better prospects on this.

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