U.N. chief urges Israeli-Palestinian ‘patience’ with talks

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Israelis and Palestinians to have “patience” with their peace talks so they have a chance of succeeding, state-run Petra news agency reported.

Ban, after holding talks in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, stressed the U.N.’s support for peace talks between the two sides, which resumed in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

“Ban Ki-moon called on the Israelis and the Palestinians to have patience and do all what they can for the success of their negotiations and achieve the needed progress with the help of the international community,” the report said.

“Ban stressed that the United Nations supports and encourages the continuation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, leading to a two-state solution,” Petra added.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for around five hours on Wednesday in a new round of direct peace talks after a three-year break.

The United States took the lead last month in securing an agreement to resume negotiations between the two sides.

The last direct peace talks broke down weeks after they were launched in September 2010 in a bitter row over settlements.

Ban is on a Middle East tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories that meant to buttress peace process.