A Palestinian protestor uses a sling shot to hurl stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem on April 14, 2014
A Palestinian protestor uses a sling shot to hurl stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem on April 14, 2014 © Musa Al-Shaer - AFP
A Palestinian protestor uses a sling shot to hurl stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem on April 14, 2014
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Last updated: April 15, 2014

UN's Ban presses Netanyahu and Abbas over peace talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to encourage them to keep alive the faltering peace process.

Ban spoke to the pair individually by telephone on Sunday, amid fears the US-backed peace talks are close to collapse.

The United Nations chief "strongly encouraged both sides to continue to negotiate constructively," spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.

He also "expressed the hope that the two leaders seize the opportunity offered by US efforts to find a way to move towards a two-state solution," Dujarric added.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are scheduled to meet again Wednesday with US envoy Martin Indyk.

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