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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
Secretary-General
13 March 2008


Secretary-General
SG/SM/11463

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


SECRETARY-GENERAL'S ADDRESS TO THE 11TH SUMMIT


OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE

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Excellencies, our partnership is desirable – indeed necessary – on many other matters as well. As we meet, the situation in the Middle East remains precarious, nowhere more so than in the Gaza Strip. Let me use this opportunity to once again urge Israel and the Palestinian Authority, together with their regional partners and the Quartet, to take urgent measures to ease the suffering in Gaza and give hope to its people.

As I told the Security Council when I briefed them earlier this month, Israel's disproportionate and excessive use of force has killed and injured many civilians, including children. I condemn these actions and call on Israel to cease such attacks. Israel must fully comply with international humanitarian law and exercise utmost restraint.

At the same time, I also condemn the rocket attacks directed against Israel and call for the immediate cessation of such acts. They serve no purpose, endanger Israeli civilians and bring misery to the Palestinian people.

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