UN Secretary General Kofi Annan applauded the summit between Israel and the Palestinian Authority planned for next week and called for a "peace of the brave" in the region, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.
According to a statement released by spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva, Annan "warmly welcomes" the move by US President Bill Clinton to invite Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to meet outside Washington.
The summit will be held at Camp David in Maryland, where Egypt and Israel signed their historic first peace accords in 1978.
Annan "attaches great importance to this meeting and wishes to express his full support for the Camp David process," the spokesman said. "He is aware that a successful outcome will require decisions and compromises which would be painful for both sides."
"A 'peace for the brave' between Israel and the Palestinians would not only end more than 50 years of hostilities but would pave the way for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East."
The spokesman said Annan "wishes to take this opportunity to encourage both sides to demonstrate the courage of true statesmanship." - UNITED NATIONS (AFP)
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