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UNITED NATIONS
Press Release

Department of Public Information l News Coverage Service l New York

SG/SM/4283
13 April 1989

SECRETARY-GENERAL EXPRESSES 'GRAVE CONCERN' OVER WEST BANK INCIDENTS

AND APPEALS TO ISRAEL TO RESPECT FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION

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

The Secretary-General has learned with grave concern of the incidents that took place today in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He strongly deplores the injuries caused to innocent civilians and the loss of life. He is especially disturbed by the reports of casualties by gunfire.

In his meeting with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on 11 April, the Secretary-General urged that the Israeli authorities exercise maximum restraint in the occupied territories and cautioned of the dangers inherent in a lack of progress towards a comprehensive settlement.

He appeals to Israel again, as the occupying Power, to abide in full by its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
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