Ban Ki-moon urges for more support to Palestinian Authority

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to strengthen its support for the Palestinian Authority, stressing that failure to do so could have a destabilizing effect in the Middle East.

“The vision of a two-State solution and the achievements of the Palestinian Authority are key elements of stability and progress. They must be maintained and realized in full without further delay,” Ban said in a message to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee that was delivered by Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

“Failure to do so at this critical juncture could have consequences that may prove widely destabilizing,” he told the meeting, which was chaired by Norway. The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) is a 12-member body that serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people. Ban underlined that in spite of recent achievements by the Palestinian Authority, the lack of progress on the political track, the ongoing conflict and occupation, the expansion of settlements and the continued Palestinian divide continue to threaten the viability of the two-State solution.

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