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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to Correspondents in response to questions on the phone call between the Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister of Turkey

New York, 3 October 2012

The Foreign Minister of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, called the Secretary-General this morning to express his Government's deepest concern at the incident today in Turkey where a shell apparently emanating from Syria killed a number of  civilians. 

The Secretary-General expressed his condolences at the tragic loss of life and encouraged the Minister to keep open all channels of communication with the Syrian authorities with a view to lessening any tension that could build up as a result of the incident.

The Minister had also spoken earlier to Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi about the strike.