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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
14 December 2010



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

The following is from today’s noon briefing by Martin Nesirky, Acting Deputy Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Monday, 13 December 2010

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U.N. ENVOY: SHIFT IN MIDDLE EAST STRATEGY IS NEEDED

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council today that, following recent developments in the region, the need to shift strategy is evident.


He said that we understand that the United States will now engage both sides in indirect talks on all the final status issues, and the Secretary-General expects the parties to engage seriously. He added that Quartet envoys are preparing a meeting of the Quartet principals, which we expect to take place soon in the coming year.


Serry added that the parties should show discipline and responsibility in refraining from provocative actions. In this regard, he expressed his worry that there has been a rise in demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures in recent months.


Asked about the recognition of Palestine by different States, the Spokesperson declined to comment, saying that such recognition is a matter for Member States.

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