Ban Ki-moon calls for restraint after 'Nakba Day' deaths

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May 16, 2011 06:32

 
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Sunday night called for restraint following a deadly day of border demonstrations marking "Nakba Day" along the Syrian border.

"The secretary-general is deeply concerned that a significant number of people have been killed or injured," Ban's office said in a statement. "He calls on all concerned to show restraint and refrain from provocations so as to prevent escalation of tensions and ensure civilians are not killed or injured.”

Noting that the border breach originated from  the Syrian side, Ban said he was “acutely conscious of the unsustainable status quo in the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is only thrown into sharper relief by the profound political changes now under way in the region.”

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