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Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York


SG/SM/4502
8 October 1990

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SECRETARY-GENERAL EXPRESSES GRAVE CONCERN AND SHOCK AT VIOLENCE AND BLOODSHED

IN JERUSALEM: CITES DANGERS OF STALEMATE IN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT


The following is attributable to the spokeswoman for the Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar:

The Secretary-General has learned with grave concern of the violence which erupted today in the Old City of Jerusalem near holy sites sacred to both Muslims and Jews. According to initial press reports, 21 Palestinians were killed and 155 wounded; seven Israelis were also wounded.

The Secretary-General is shocked and greatly dismayed by the bloodshed, and by what appears to have been an excessive use of force by the Israeli authorities. In his view, today's incidents are a tragic illustration of the dangers inherent in the stalemate that has far too long characterized the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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