Death of two peace workers in West Bank underlines need for ceasefire -- Annan

Death of two peace workers in West Bank underlines need for ceasefire -- Annan

Expressing deep sadness over the death of two international observers near the town of Hebron in the West Bank, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned their killing and called for renewed efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Expressing deep sadness over the death of two international observers near the town of Hebron in the West Bank, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned their killing and called for renewed efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Mr. Annan’s reaction came in response to the death yesterday of the nationals of Switzerland and Turkey who were members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) -- an observer force that is independent of the UN.

A spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement released in New York that their “untimely deaths” while serving the cause of peace in the Middle East “underline the urgency of reaching a durable ceasefire and moving towards a political solution.”

“The Secretary-General condemns this act of violence in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said. “He extends his heartfelt condolences to the Governments of Switzerland and Turkey and to the families of the victims of this attack.”