August 16, 2013
|UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Shimon Peres, August 16, 2013. Photo: President's Press Office|
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged all the parties involved in the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to refrain from doing anything that would undermine the peace negotiations.
He made the request at a news conference in Jerusalem immediately following a working meeting with President Shimon Peres.
Ban had made a similar request the previous day in Ramallah following hismeeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
This is his sixth visit to the region since taking office in 2007.
He recalled that when last in Israel in November 2012, some Israeli parents instead of sending their children to school, sent them to shelters. Israel has legitimate security concerns and should not have to live in perpetual fear said Ban who noted that his current visit was "at a crucially important time".