Quartet report on the frozen peace process is expected to be released this week, as the UN secretary general marks his last year in office.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, speaks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a joint press conference in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.Ronen Zvulun, AP
A day before the release of a report on the stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace process by the Middle East Quartet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take steps to prevent Israel from becoming a bi-national state. The two leaders met in Jerusalem on Tuesday, during an official visit by Ban in Israel.
“I encourage you to take the courageous steps necessary to prevent a one-state reality of perpetual conflict,” Ben told Netanyahu. This should be done, Ban said, “in a way the is compatible with the national aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians.”
Senior Israeli sources privy to the content of the meeting between Netanyahu and Ban said the UN chief informed Netanyahu that the Quartet report would be released Wednesday. Western diplomats told Haaretz that while the release of the report on Wednesday is a possibility, it has not yet been completed and that publication could also wait until Thursday or Friday.
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