Lord Owen, speaking in the House of Lords Queen’s Speech Debate, Tuesday 7 January 2020.
My Lords, as we talk in this Chamber, the Middle East is once again a powder keg of extreme danger…. We have to ask ourselves now what mechanisms we have for restarting (a) dialogue; it has not restarted and shows no real sign of restarting…. (The) UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council have a very real responsibility, and it may be that the only thing they can do is to use the five permanent members and appoint people with weight and experience to tour around the Middle East and start a dialogue.
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