New York

11 November 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on reports of clashes in Golan

The Secretary-General is concerned by reports of clashes between the armed opposition and Syrian security forces in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)-supervised area of separation, in which Syrian small arms fire and one artillery round reportedly landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan today and prompted a response by Israel.  No injuries to civilians or UN personnel in either instance were reported.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the potential for escalation.  He calls for the utmost restraint and urges Syria and Israel to uphold the Disengagement Agreement, respect their mutual obligations, and halt firing of any kind across the ceasefire line.