Annan deeply concerned by Israel's air attack in Gaza neighbourhood
Referring to the attack in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza City, a UN spokesman said Mr. Annan deplored the use of excessive force in a densely populated area and reiterated his opposition to extra-judicial killings. "While he recognizes Israel's right of self-defence, the Secretary-General again calls on Israel to conduct itself in a manner fully consistent with its obligations under international humanitarian law," Fred Eckhard said.
"The Secretary-General also reiterates his strongly held conviction that the only way out of the cycle of violence and retaliation is an immediate cessation of violence by all parties and a return to the negotiating table," the spokesman added. "He believes that the best path to a just and comprehensive peace is through the full implementation of the Quartet's Road Map, which will soon be presented to the parties."