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JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Israelis and Palestinians to undertake new efforts to end their decades-old conflict.

Speaking at Tel Aviv University, where he received an honorary award, the U.N. chief said the two sides need to engage with the Quartet of Mideast mediators - the U.N., U.S., EU and Russia - to resume peace negotiations.

He said Monday that "leaders on both sides need to urgently take concrete steps to restore hope and a political horizon so that the Israeli and Palestinian people see a pathway to peace, not a quagmire of recurring violence."

U.S.-mediated peace talks collapsed over two years ago. The Quartet is now finalizing a report on the conflict expected to be critical of Israel.

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