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Source: Secretary-General
6 June 2007


Transcript of remarks of the Secretary-General at the
Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister José Rodríguez Zapatero

Madrid, 6 June 2007

(unofficial transcript)

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With regard to the Middle East, yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Israeli and Arab war. This is a sombre reminder that four decades later, there is still no peace in the region. I have made the Middle East a priority and in the first few months of my tenure as Secretary-General, I have visited the region already several times and I am going to make another visit later this month. The people of the region are continuing to experience hardship and suffering, and there is an urgent need to find a political solution. In Lebanon, a peacekeeping operation - in which Spain participates in large numbers – has restored a fragile peace in the country. It is incumbent on the international community to help the peoples of the region find a political solution, and the renewed efforts of the Quartet as well as the Arab Peace Initiative afford opportunities that must be seized.

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