The UN Secretary General said it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel.
Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by video conference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details "at this highly sensitive moment".
"Suffice it to say, it is my hope and belief that these talks will lead to results and an end to the fighting in the very near future," Mr Ban said. But he warned: "Of course there are many obstacles and complexities."
Mr Ban stressed that a ceasefire without addressing the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only delay the problem for yet another time.
In between the bandages, I could see the soreness of Randa’s skin. Her eyes stare out at a world which has been brutal to her.
An Israeli student has started an online campaign in an attempt to encourage respect between Jews and Arabs.
A BBC Arabic reporter was set upon by an angry Israeli bystander in the middle of a live broadcast on the situation in Gaza.