18 November 2010

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Israel’s Decision on Proposed Ghajar Withdrawal

The following statement was issued on 17 November by the Spokesperson for UN†Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the Government of Israel’s decision today to accept, in principle, the United Nations proposal for a withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from the northern part of Ghajar and its redeployment south of the Blue Line.

The Israel Defense Forces’ withdrawal from northern Ghajar would be an important step towards the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006).† The United Nations intends to continue to work closely with all parties in the coming period in a process to resolve the permanent status of Ghajar.

The Secretary-General commends all sides for their continued commitment to Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) and stresses his determination and commitment to advance the full implementation of this and other relevant resolutions.

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