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SG Message - Message to Extraordinary Session of the Summit Conference of the League of Arab States

SG Message - Message to Extraordinary Session of the Summit Conference of the League of Arab States

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11/16/2010

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U N I T E D N A T I O N SN A T I O N S U N I E STHE SECRETARY-GENERAL--MESSAGE TO EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OFTHE SUMMIT CONFERENCE OF THE
 
LEAGUE OF ARAB STATESSirte, Libya, 9 October 2010
 Delivered by Mr. Robert SerryUnited Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and 
 
 Personal  Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority
I send my greetings to the Arab leaders gathered in Sirte, and I thank ColonelMuammar Al-Qadhafi for hosting this important Summit. I wish you well in your discussion of the many challenges facing the Arab world today.The question of Palestine is foremost in all our minds.When President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu met on 2 September inWashington, they resolved to seek an historic Israeli-Palestinian agreement on all permanent status issues within a year. President Obama signaled his strong personalengagement, as did leaders in the region. The Quartet gave full support to this effort andis committed to convening an international conference in Moscow at the appropriatetime, concurrent with direct negotiations.The continuation and expansion of settlement building in the West Bank iscontrary to international law and the Road Map. Moreover, the expiry of Israel’s ten-month partial settlement moratorium, without anything in place to preserve anatmosphere for successful negotiations, has created a major obstacle to progress. I have publicly expressed my disappointment at this development.My Quartet colleagues have authorized me to confirm that we adhere to our statement of 21 September. In that statement, we noted that mutual trust and confidenceare critical to successful negotiations, and reiterated our call on Israel and the Palestiniansto promote an environment conducive to progress, including by refraining from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric. We noted that the commendable Israelisettlement moratorium instituted last November had a positive impact and urged its

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