NEW YORK, December 11, 2014 (WAFA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday expressed in a statement his dismay over the murder of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein and called Israel to conduct an investigation.
Ban stated that he is ‘deeply saddened’ by the murder of Abu Ein and urged the “Israeli authorities to conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the circumstances of the brutal death of Abu Ein.”
He called on all sides “to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation.”
Meanwhile, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour sent an identical letter to Ban, President of the UN Security Council Ambassador Mahamat Zene Cherif of Chad and President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa on Abu Ein’s murder.
“The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which constitutes the State of Palestine, regrettably continues to gravely deteriorate due to the oppressive, violent practices, that Israel, the occupying Power, continues to inflict on the Palestinian people in violation of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law,” stated Mansour at the outset of his letter.
He stressed that Abu Ein “died on his way to the hospital as a direct result of the excessive use of force and violence used by the Israeli occupying forces.”
The top Palestinian diplomat held the Israeli government fully responsible for the ‘atrocious crime’ as well as for “the culture of impunity in which Israeli occupying forces have so viciously and continuously assaulted Palestinian civilians throughout the decades of its occupation.”
He called on the international community, in particular the Security Council, to ‘clearly and unequivocally’ condemn the brutal killing of Minister Abu Ein and called for an immediate and independent investigation into Minister Abu Ein’s death and for those responsible to be held accountable and brought to justice.