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20 February 2013
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESPERSON’S NOON BRIEFING
BY MARTIN NESIRKY,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL
WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2013
DISCUSSES WITH ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NEED FOR RESUMPTION OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
On Monday evening, the Secretary-General had a
with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In that call, they discussed the need for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. They also discussed the situation in the region more generally, in particular the impact of the Syrian conflict, including Israel's security concerns in this regard.
The Secretary-General stressed that it is urgent for Israelis and Palestinians to reengage in a serious peace effort with effective international support, and to create a conducive environment to that end. The Secretary-General also raised the deteriorating health condition of the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli custody, highlighting the need for an urgent solution.
was also issued on Tuesday expressing the Secretary-General’s concerns about the rapidly deteriorating condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.