30 June 2014

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

Secretary-General, Strongly Condemning Murder of Abducted Israeli Youths, Says

Aims of Heinous Act by ‘Enemies of Peace’ Must Not be Allowed to Succeed

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

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the murder of the three Israeli teenagers 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 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.

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