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Department of Public Information (DPI)
15 May 2008
Spokesperson's Noon Briefing
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
BAN KI-MOON STRESSES SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIANS
The Secretary-General today called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the Palestinian commemoration of the "Nakba", to underline his support for the Palestinian people.
The Secretary-General reiterated his support for the peace process, the establishment of a sovereign, viable, independent Palestinian state in accordance with UN resolutions and international law, and the achievement of a two-state solution in the Middle East.
Asked whether the Secretary-General had also called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel, the Spokeswoman recalled that he had spoken by phone with Prime Minister Olmert a week earlier.