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1 July 2003
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY HUA JIANG
DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Tuesday, July 1, 2003
ANNAN IN BERN, SWITZERLAND, FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT
In responding to a question regarding the Middle East
, the Secretary-General said that he was encouraged by the developments in the last 72 hours. “We see it as a beginning, but we have quite a long way to go,” he said, adding “the decision of the Palestinian groups to agree to a ceasefire is important. I want to see a situation where all these movements and groups are transformed into political parties to play a role in democratic Palestine.”
MIDEAST: UN ENVOY BRIEFS SAUDI MINISTER ON QUARTET MEETING
Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, is Saudi Arabia today where he met with Prince Saud Al Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister.
Larsen briefed the Saudi Minister on the Quartet meeting in Jordan. “Both sides are of the opinion that now there are positive developments regarding the implementation of the
peace plan and it is essential that the international key players stay in close contact in order to coordinate efforts to reach a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East”, Larsen said.
Larsen praised Saudi Arabia’s constructive role in shaping and moving forward the road map consistent with Crown Prince Abdullah’s initiative that was adopted by the Arab summit in Beirut. The Saudi Foreign Minister and the United Nation’s Special Envoy agreed to stay in close contact.
He will be traveling next to Egypt and Jordan as part of his regional tour following the recent Quartet meeting.