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"Settlements, new and old, are illegal. They work against the emergence of a viable Palestinian state," the UN chief stated.
Ban added: "A two-state solution is long overdue. The status quo offers only the guarantee of future conflict."
The UN secretary general also addressed the wider Arab world, calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to "stop killing" his people.
Ban angered Hezbollah during his visit to Lebanon, when he called on the Shi'ite group to give up its weapons on Friday. Ban said he was "deeply concerned about the military capacity of Hezbollah and ... the lack of progress in disarmament."
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah shot back, "We want you (the UN), the US and Israel to be concerned."
The world is aware there is a problem between Israel and Palestine and which way it needs to go. Next step is how do we get there?
Originally posted by xuenchen
Is this an indication that the U.N. is fed up with something ?
Originally posted by kwakakev
. I am not aware of any UN forces deployed in this region, but would expect many different reporting agencies over the years.
UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon contacted Israeli troops 10 times before an Israeli bomb killed four of them, an initial UN report says.
The post was hit by a precision-guided missile after six hours of shelling, diplomats familiar with the probe say.
The UN report says each time the UN contacted Israeli forces, they were assured the firing would stop.
A senior Irish soldier working for the UN forces had warned the Israelis six times that their bombardment was endangering the lives of UN staff, Ireland's foreign ministry said.
Had Israel responded to the requests, "rather than deliberately ignoring them", the observers would still be alive, a diplomat familiar with the report said.
“I call on the government of Israel to conduct a full investigation into this very disturbing incident and demand that any further attack on U.N. positions and personnel must stop,” Annan said in the statement.
Gillerman called the assertions “premature and erroneous.”
Why not have the U.N. "investigate"