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Quartet report cites violence, settlements and Gaza as barriers to Middle East peace – UN envoy

New York, July 1 (Just Earth News): Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy on Thursday said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to the Security Council.

Israel halts cement deliveries into Gaza following allegations of diversion; UN envoy urges rapid resolution

New York, Apr 5 (Just Earth News/IBNS): The United Nations Middle East envoy on Monday the UN is working closely with Palestinian and Israeli authorities following Israel’s suspension of cement deliveries to private companies in the Gaza Strip “following allegations that a substantial amount had been diverted from its intended legitimate beneficiaries.”

Diplomatic Quartet to prepare report to lay ground for Israel-Palestine talks – UN envoy

New York, Mar 24 (Just Earth News/IBNS):The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday unveiled a plan by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to produce a report that would help create a political environment for the two sides to resume peace negotiations.

Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years: UN report

New York, Sep 2 (IBNS): A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become "uninhabitable" by 2020 if current economic trends persist.

Amid stalled reconstruction, UN official says 'root causes' of Gaza crisis still unresolved

New York, July 9 (IBNS) The root causes of last year's conflict in Gaza – which claimed nearly two thousand lives and ravaged large swathes of the Palestinian enclave – remain unaddressed despite a growing humanitarian crisis in the area, the head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has warned.

UN political chief warns of 'increasingly toxic' Gaza; calls for new talks, international support

New York, Feb 19 (IBNS) Briefing the United Nations Security Council after “another tumultuous and deadly month” in the Middle East, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, warned that further escalation remains possible in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and could be highly damaging to both parties and to the two-State solution.

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes

New York, Jan 28 (IBNS): The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced today that a major funding shortfall has forced the suspension of its cash assistance programme that would have helped families in Gaza repair their homes and provide rental subsidies to people left homeless after last year's conflict in the enclave.

Gaza: Ban forms independent panel to investigate recent conflict

New York, Nov 11 (IBNS) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced the formation of an internal inquiry aimed at reviewing “certain incidents” reported at United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip during the recent summer conflict there between Palestinian factions and the State of Israel.

In Middle East, Ban urges Gaza rebuilding amid efforts to resolve 'root causes' of conflict

New York, Oct 14 (IBNS) The rebuilding of Gaza remains an important undertaking, but tackling the root causes of instability in the territory is equally critical, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed on Monday as he began a visit to the long-troubled region, urging both Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders to come to an agreement and "avoid yet another tragic conflict in the future."

Gaza: Ban confers with world leaders, stresses importance of durable ceasefire

New York, Aug 23 (IBNS) After the breakdown earlier this week of the latest temporary ceasefire in Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for efforts to guide the parties towards a durable peace, on Friday making a round of phone calls to a number of key players in the Middle East and beyond concerning the situation.

Citing humanitarian impact, Ban warns against further escalation in Gaza conflict

New York, July 30 (IBNS): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged all sides to avoid any further escalation in the Gaza conflict, warning of the devastating humanitarian impact on civilians in the enclave who have already suffered immensely since the crisis started.

Gaza: UN issues emergency appeal, begins airlift to meet urgent humanitarian needs

New York, July 22 (IBNS) The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive.

There can be no military solution, Ban says as Israel launches ground offensive against Gaza

New York, July 18 (IBNS): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced his regret that Israel has launched a ground offensive against Gaza, despite calls for restraint, and stressed that there can be no military solution to the conflict which flared up over a week ago.

Gaza: UN rights officials appeal to all sides to protect civilians

New York, July 12 (IBNS) Voicing alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian children and other civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, senior United Nations officials on Friday appealed to all sides to abide by their obligations to protect civilians.

Gaza: UN pledges support as Palestinian government takes shape

New York, Jun 9 (IBNS): The senior United Nations envoy in the Middle East visited the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the first time since the signing of the Beach Camp Agreement and the formation of a Palestinian government of national consensus, and pledged the Organization's ongoing support as the nascent process moves forward.