UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will host a new ministerial meeting in renewed efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly.
Peace talks have been stalled between Israel and Palestine since early 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, have been unable to agree on ground rules for negotiations.
Backed by the international community, Abbas says the pre-1967 frontier, before Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, should be the starting point for talks on the borders of a future Palestinian state. Netanyahu fully rejects that, along with the ultraconservative Jewish parties like The Jewish Home.
Abbas is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Sept. 30, the same day as Ban to host the ministerial meeting.
“Foreign ministers from the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — the secretary-general is inviting the Arab League secretary-general and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to join the meeting” said UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Friday.
Current efforts are underway to allow the Palestinian flag to be raised outside the UN headquarters, Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour said on Thursday that this will "keep hope alive" among Palestinians at a time when "the political process is dead."
Regarding the Palestinian flag, a vote is expected on Sept. 10, to reach a resolution over whether non-observer states — Palestine and the Holy See — should raise their flags. Mansour said he expects "an overwhelming majority" of states to support it.