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Source: Secretary-General
15 May 2007

New York, 15 May 2007 - Secretary-General's press encounter following monthly Security Council luncheon (unofficial transcript)


Q: Sir, there was a great deal of enthusiasm at the time of the Security Council Middle East debate, on the 25th of last month I believe, and then at this conference on Palestinian Rights in Pretoria, based upon the new Palestinian coalition Government. On the other hand there is tremendous factional fighting – I am sure you saw the picture full of flame on the top of the front page of this morning's New York Times. Have you been in touch with any of the principals involved, and is there anything you think that the UN can do to use its good offices to get this situation back on track?

SG: I am gravely concerned about all this continuing violence in Gaza, particularly among the Palestinian people, and I was going to talk to President [Mahmoud] Abbas to take the necessary measures to control the situation and to refrain from exercising all these violent means.

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