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UN Security Council Statement on Israeli military operation on board Flotilla

June 3, 2010

The full statement from the United Nations Security
Council:

The Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting
from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international
waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza. The Council, in this context,
condemns those acts which resulted in the loss of at least ten civilians and
many wounded, and expresses its condolences to their families.

The Security Council requests the immediate release of the ships as well as
the civilians held by Israel. The Council urges Israel to permit full
consular access, to allow the countries concerned to retrieve their deceased
and wounded immediately, and to ensure the delivery of humanitarian
assistance from the convoy to its destination.

The Security Council takes note of the statement of the UN Secretary–General
on the need to have a full investigation into the matter and it calls for a
prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to
international standards.

The Security Council stresses that the situation in Gaza is not sustainable.
The Council re-emphasizes the importance of the full implementation of
Resolutions 1850 and 1860. In that context, it reiterates its grave concern
at the humanitarian situation in Gaza and stresses the need for sustained
and regular flow of goods and people to Gaza as well as unimpeded provision
and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza.

The Security Council underscores that the only viable solution to
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an agreement negotiated between the parties
and re-emphasizes that only a two-State solution, with an independent and
viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with
Israel and its other neighbours, could bring peace to the region.

The Security Council expresses support for the proximity talks and voices
concern that this incident took place while the proximity talks are underway
and urges the parties to act with restraint, avoiding any unilateral and
provocative actions, and all international partners to promote an atmosphere
of cooperation between the parties and throughout the region.

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