UN chief Ban condemns Jerusalem stabbings 'in strongest possible terms'

October 4, 2015 17:31

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned “in the strongest terms” Saturday night’s attack in the Old City of Jerusalem by a Palestinian assailant, which left two people dead.

Ban said he was “deeply concerned that these latest incidents signal a dangerous slide towards escalation.” and spoke against statements from Palestinian militant groups praising the attacks.

The secretary-general urged Palestinian and Israeli leaders  “to condemn violence and incitement, maintain calm and to do everything they can to avoid further escalation.”

He also expressed his firm belief that a “just and lasting solution to the conflict” can only be achieved through negotiations for a two-state solution and reiterated the UN’s readiness to “work with all parties to create the conditions on the ground, in the region and internationally to make meaningful negotiations possible.”

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