The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mahamat Zene Cherif (Chad):
The members of the Security Council expressed their sorrow at the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, which occurred after a demonstration in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya.
The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of Minister Abu Ein, the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.
The members of the Security Council encouraged the parties to ensure that a swift and transparent investigation is undertaken. Council members took note of the willingness of the Government of Israel to conduct a joint investigation into the incident.
The members of the Security Council called on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.