UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called on “all parties with influence” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately desist from taking unilateral actions that undermine trust and urged them to resume peace negotiations.
Speaking at an UNRWA (Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Middle East) conference, Ban stressed that past political failure “must not lead to a humanitarian – and indeed, moral — failure.”
The latest attempt at peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down more than a year ago.
The prospect of a peace accord became increasingly dismal in light of last summer’s war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
Ban indicated that the failure to reconstruct the vast damaged caused in the coastal Palestinian enclave during last year’s conflict would lead to yet another round of violence.
“We know where failure to address these and other issues will lead. We have seen it time and again,” he said. “Gaza is a powder keg – mounting frustration and anger will surely light the fuse. Action is needed now”