Deploring recent Middle East violence, Annan urges comprehensive approach to peace

Deploring recent Middle East violence, Annan urges comprehensive approach to peace

Kofi Annan
Deploring a recent spate of attacks in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for restraint and emphasized the importance of a comprehensive approach to peace.

"The Secretary-General is appalled by the recent acts of violence in the Middle East that have pierced a period of relative calm," a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement. Reiterating the communiqué adopted earlier this week by the diplomatic Quartet - the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States - the statement called for an end to violence and terror, condemning such acts as "morally repugnant."

Following two suicide attacks on Israelis and a bomb planted at a Palestinian school over the past three days, Mr. Annan voiced hope that the parties would act with restraint, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard.

"The Secretary-General believes that only a comprehensive solution developed through a process that addresses political, security, humanitarian and economic issues in parallel can ensure real security for the parties," Mr. Eckhard said. "The commitment of the parties to the roadmap agreed at the recent meeting of the Quartet, coupled with an effective Quartet monitoring mechanism, remains the best path to that solution."