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15 May 2011
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT 'VERY SERIOUS' MIDDLE EAST INCIDENTS, SECRETARY-GENERAL
CALLS FOR CALM, URGING ALL CONCERNED TO REFRAIN FROM PROVOCATIONS
The following statement was issued on 15 May by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General has closely followed today’s very serious incidents along the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, and in the occupied Golan following the breach of the disengagement line from the Syrian side. He has also been following clashes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned that a significant number of people have been killed or injured. He calls on all concerned to show restraint and refrain from provocations so as to prevent escalation of tensions and ensure civilians are not killed or injured.
The Secretary-General calls for calm throughout the region and utmost responsibility from all concerned.
The Secretary-General is acutely conscious of the unsustainable status quo in the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is only thrown into sharper relief by the profound political changes now under way in the region. He reiterates the urgent need for a just, lasting and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace which ensures dignity and security for all, including an end to occupation, an end to conflict and a just and agreed solution to the plight of Palestinian refugees.
The Secretary-General calls for a renewed and sustained effort to resume Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and advance the broader goal of a comprehensive regional peace in the Middle East.
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