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Source: Secretary-General
23 February 2007




Vienna, Austria, 23 February 2007 - Secretary-General's press conference [unofficial transcript]

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Q: How can you support the Palestinian issue in the future to achieve a real peace in the Middle East?

SG: Thank you very much. As I said, we had a very good and useful Quartet meeting in Berlin the day before yesterday. I am encouraged by all these ongoing diplomatic initiatives, starting from the recent Mecca deal, reenergized Quartet meetings and Arab countries on board in this peace process. This issue has been long standing. It is high time now for the international community and parties to these issues to seriously and sincerely sit down at this dialogue table to resolve this issue as soon as possible. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I will do my best effort, whatever I can as participant to this Quartet meeting, but also in my capacity as Secretary-General, I try to take whatever initiative in close consultation with the countries concerned.

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Q: Mr. Secretary-General, I would like to ask you about the headlines of your action plan to reactivate and reform the United Nations in general and how to defeat many challenges and crises all over the world, what is threatening the peace and stability and security in the world. Also, I would like you to clarify the role of the United Nations in the international Quartet. Thank you very much.

SG: International Quartet?

Q: Of the United Nations in the Quartet, because there is news that its role is totally marginalized. Thank you very much.

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SG: ...

And in this Quartet, the United Nations has been participating and I have been trying my best efforts to reenergize this Quartet process. Quartet process: I am confident that with the participation of the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia will play a framework role, a vitally important framework role in further facilitating the peace process.

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