New York

05 October 2003

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Israeli air strike on Syrian territory

The Secretary-General strongly deplores the Israeli air strike on Syrian territory earlier today. He is especially concerned that this further escalation of an already tense and difficult situation has the potential to broaden the scope of current conflicts in the Middle East, further threatening regional peace and security. The Secretary-General urges all concerned to respect the rules of international law and to exercise restraint.