23 December 2016
Welcoming Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), Secretary-General Urges Return of Israeli, Palestinian
Leaders to Meaningful Negotiations
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2334 (2016) on the situation in the
Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The resolution is a significant step, demonstrating the Council's much
needed leadership and the international community’s collective efforts to reconfirm that the vision of two States is
The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work with the international
community to create a conducive environment for a return to meaningful negotiations.
The United Nations stands ready to support all concerned parties in achieving this goal.