6 June 2011

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

Deeply Concerned at Events in Occupied Syrian Golan, Secretary-General Condemns


Use of Violence as He Calls for ‘Maximum Restraint’ on All Sides


The following statement was issued on 5 June by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General has been following with deep concern today’s events in the area of separation on the occupied Syrian Golan, including reports of efforts to cross the Israeli technical fence and an unconfirmed number of civilian casualties from live IDF [Israel Defense Forces] fire.  The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is seeking to confirm facts and help calm a continuing volatile situation in the area.

The Secretary-General regrets the loss of life and extends his condolences to the families of the victims.  He condemns the use of violence and all actions intended to provoke violence.

The events of today and of 15 May on the Golan put the long-held ceasefire in jeopardy.  The Secretary-General calls for maximum restraint on all sides and strict observance of international humanitarian law to ensure protection of civilians.  He reminds the Syrian authorities of their obligation to protect UNDOF personnel and facilities.

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