Israel's 'harsh responses' to Palestinian violence won't bring peace, Ban says

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October 20, 2015 09:11

NEW YORK - “Enough is enough,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to Israeli and Palestinian people recorded from Bratislava in Slovakia, where he traveled this week to open an exhibition for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

“I am dismayed, as we all should be, when I see young people, children, picking up weapons and seeking to kill,” he said.

In the video, Ban first addressed Palestinian youth. “I understand your frustration. I know your hopes for peace have been dashed countless times,” he said.

“You are angry at the continued occupation and expansion of settlements. Many of you are disappointed in your leaders and in us, the international community, because of our inability to end this occupation.”

“I am not asking you to be passive, but you must put down the weapons of despair,” he added.


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