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Le Secrétaire général déclare que la situation tragique au Liban et au Nord d'Israël ne devrait pas détourner l'attention de la crise dans le territoire palestinien occupé - Déclaration du Secrétaire général - Communiqué de presse Français

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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
Secretary-General
9 August 2006


Secretary-General
SG/SM/10588
PAL/2059

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York


SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS TRAGIC EVENTS IN LEBANON AND NORTHERN ISRAEL SHOULD NOT

DISTRACT FROM URGENT NEED TO RESOLVE CRISIS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is greatly concerned that the tragic events in Lebanon and northern Israel should not distract from the urgent need to work towards a solution to the current crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory.  The continued killing and injuring of hundreds of civilians, including children, in Gaza, by Israeli forces is utterly unjustifiable.  Further, the arbitrary arrest of many senior Palestinians -- including Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian Council – is a cause of particular concern, since it further undermines the Palestinian institutions which must be preserved if a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to be achieved.

He also reiterates his call for a cessation of the rocket attacks from Gaza, which have indiscriminately targeted Israeli civilians.  He calls on the parties to resume dialogue without delay, and welcomes the continued efforts by the Government of Egypt to help bring this about.

Above all, he believes these tragic events in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Israel and Lebanon show how urgent it is that a comprehensive peace process be revived as soon as possible.


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