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16 July 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FARHAN HAQ, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 16 JULY 2014
SECRETARY-GENERAL SUPPORTS EGYPTIAN CEASEFIRE INITIATIVE, VOICES CONCERN OVER UNABATING VIOLENCE
Asked about the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, the Spokesman recalled that the Secretary-General spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday. The Secretary-General, he said fully supports the Egyptian initiative for a cease-fire agreement but was deeply worried that the fighting has not stopped, despite Israel’s readiness to accept the ceasefire proposal.
Asked about the Secretary-General’s diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, Haq said that the Secretary-General is continuing to make calls to world leaders in order to have them press the parties to halt fighting and return to negotiations. Those calls include one earlier today with the President of Indonesia.
Asked about civilian casualties, the Spokesman reiterated the Secretary-General’s concern about all such casualties and his call for maximum restraint. He added, in response to further questions, that all sides were urged not to target medical facilities or to use them to launch attacks.
The Spokesman, in response to a question, confirmed that the Secretary-General had received a letter from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said that it was being studied.