The Secretary-General spoke today with H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine. The Secretary-General and President Abbas exchanged views on the recent tensions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The Secretary-General reiterated his strong concern over the incidents at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount and urged both sides to defuse tensions and prevent escalation. He regretted recent instances of inflammatory rhetoric which will only serve to increase mistrust and worsen an already difficult situation on the ground, and urged all to refrain from it. The Secretary-General stressed the need for the status quo at the Holy Sites to be maintained.