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15 July 2009
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
AT TIME OF COMPLEX CHALLENGES TO DEVELOPMENT, SECURITY, WORLD MUST LOOK
TO NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES, SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s speech to the High-Level Segment of the Fifteenth Non-Aligned Movement Summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, today, 15 July:
We must also continue the search for peace in the Middle East. The viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one that ends the occupation and results in two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. At the recent meetings I attended in Trieste, the Quartet and the League of Arab States agreed on the need for a prompt resumption of negotiations and underscored the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative.
We must urgently work to end closure and alleviate the suffering in Gaza through a durable solution based on Security Council resolution 1860 (2009) and a halt to violence by both sides. Palestinian reconciliation and unity are also essential, and I appreciate Egypt’s constructive engagement in this matter.
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