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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Statement

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank

New York, 30 June 2014

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.

New York, 30 June 2014


Statements on 30 June 2014