UN chief to brief Security Council on Israeli-Palestinian violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) met with UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem on October 20, 2015 (AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana)
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  • Ban Ki-moon
    Ban Ki-moon
    8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the Security Council on Wednesday on his trip to the Middle East where he is seeking to defuse weeks of violence, diplomats said.

Ban made the request to urgently speak to council members by video-conference from the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah.

The closed-door emergency meeting is scheduled for 1900 GMT.

Ban paid a surprise visit to the region on Tuesday to personally deliver a warning to both Israelis and the Palestinians to stand back from a "dangerous abyss."

The UN chief met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was due to hold talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday morning.

More than 40 Palestinians, including alleged attackers, have been killed in the upsurge of violence that began at the beginning of the month. Eight Israelis have died in attacks.

Ban called for renewed negotiations after the peace process went into a deep freeze last year following the breakdown of a US initiative.

"We must, for the future of our children, come back from this dangerous abyss, safeguard the two-state solution, and lead people back to the road toward peace," he said.

Ban's report from the region will come on the eve of a ministerial-level debate at the Security Council on the way forward in the Middle East amid fears that the violence could spiral out of control.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will also meet Netanyahu in Germany this week and Abbas later at an unspecified location in the Middle East.

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