Press Releases

    9 February 2005

    Secretary-General Commends Steps Taken by Israeli, Palestinian Leaders

    NEW YORK, 8 February (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the statements of Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Sharon today in Sharm el-Sheikh.  He believes that their joint announcements to cease violence after four years of death and suffering provide an opportunity for the peace process to resume.  The Secretary-General commends the steps taken by the Israeli and Palestinian leaders and looks forward to further cooperation as part of the implementation of their obligations under the Road Map.

    The Secretary-General also commends Egyptian President Mubarak for organizing the Sharm el-Sheikh summit and for his leadership in the peace process.  He believes that the active participation of Egypt and of King Abdullah of Jordan will greatly enhance the chances of achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the critical months ahead.

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