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L'ONU choquée par l'incendie d'une mosquée en Cisjordanie par l'apparent incendie criminel d'une mosquée en Cisjordanie – Communiqué de presse Français
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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
4 October 2010

UN office shocked at alleged deliberate burning of mosque in West Bank

4 October 2010 – The Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) today voiced its shock following the burning of a mosque in the West Bank that is suspected to be an act of arson.

According to media reports, the incident took place early this morning in the village of Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem.

The attack, UNSCO said, is completely unacceptable, with Special Coordinator Robert Serry also extremely concerned over the mosque’s desecration.

It follows several recent attacks on mosques as well as on Palestinian civilians and property, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.

UNSCO reminded the Israeli Government that the extremists responsible for such attacks must be brought to justice and the rule of law upheld.

Today’s attack comes as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to continue their efforts to find a way forward in their direct talks to resolve the long-running Middle East conflict.

Mr. Ban spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and United States Envoy for the Middle East George Mitchell on Friday in a series of calls as part of his efforts to promote peace in the region.

The discussions focused on the current status of the direct talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, which resumed last month under US auspices after a hiatus of 19 months.

He encouraged Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas to find a way forward, reiterating his belief that negotiations are the only way for Israelis and Palestinians to resolve all final status issues and realize their aspirations.

The Secretary-General also renewed his hope that the Israeli Government would extend its settlement restraint policy and he underscored the need to create a conducive environment for the negotiations to be successful.

In a related development, evolving regional affairs and the dangers of terrorism topped talks between the heads of the three UN peacekeeping missions in the Middle East and Israeli Shimon Peres in Jerusalem today.

Top officials from the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) attended today’s meeting at Mr. Peres’ residence.

The President expressed his gratitude for the work of blue helmets, while the heads of the three missions said they are honoured to serve the cause of peace in the Middle East.

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