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30 June 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
TUESDAY, 30 JUNE 2014
U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS MURDER OF ISRAELI TEENAGERS
The Secretary-General has
in the strongest terms the murder of the three Israeli teenagers who were abducted on 12 June in the West Bank. There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians. He hopes Israeli and Palestinian authorities will work together to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, and extends his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.
The Secretary-General believes this heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict. It must not be allowed to succeed, he said. He calls on all parties to abide by their obligations under international law and to refrain from any actions that could further escalate this highly tense situation.
The UN Special Coordinator for the
Middle East Peace Process
, Robert Serry, said today that his thoughts are with the bereaved families of the three Israeli teenagers who were killed. He said that the perpetrators must be brought to justice, as any association with or support for terror or violence must be rejected and will have consequences for those concerned. In this regard, Mr. Serry continues to be deeply troubled by statements from Hamas representatives suggesting support for this heinous act.
In Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (
) today called on all Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and to prevent the situation from worsening further.
The Human Rights Office reiterated its call for strict adherence to international law by all relevant actors, to avoid further loss of life, injuries and negative impact on human rights. It also urged all parties to refrain from punishing individuals for offences they had not personally committed or by imposing collective penalties.
Asked whether Robert Serry’s comments indicated that he had first-hand knowledge of Hamas’s involvement, the Spokesman said that Mr. Serry’s remarks referred to the statements made by Hamas members to the media.
Asked about actions taken by Israel in response, the Spokesman noted the calls made for restraint.