12 February 2013

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

Secretary-General, Condemning Deadly Attack on Syria-Turkey Border, Reiterates


‘Deep Concern’ over Spillover of Violence to Neighbouring States


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

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack at the Cilvegozu border crossing between Turkey and Syria which has led to the death of both Turkish and Syrian nationals.  He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.  He underscores the unacceptability of using violence against civilians.

As the bloodshed in Syria continues unabated, the threats to peace and security in the region are increasing.  The Secretary-General reiterates his deep concern over the spillover of the Syrian crisis into neighbouring countries.  He renews his call for all parties to refrain from using violence, exercise restraint and move towards a political solution.  The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.

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