Press release

Seychelles condemns attacks against civilians and UN in Gaza and deplores lack of respect for ceasefire

August 1, 2014

The Seychelles condemns in the strongest terms the loss of civilian life in Gaza and the attack against the UN school in Jabaliya, Gaza.  The fact that over 1420 civilians in Gaza have lost their lives since the 8th July is unacceptable to Seychelles and all peace loving nations.

The Seychelles government also urges the parties in the peace talks to respect an unconditional ceasefire.

In addition, Seychelles underscores the primacy of the United nations both as a means of upholding international law, and as a body representing all states.  Any military action that targets UN facilities represents an assault of the ideal of international law and cooperation and must be rejected in the strongest terms.

Seychelles underlines its wholehearted support for the UN Security Council resolution that calls for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and reiterates the call for the leaders involved to respect this UN decision.

Seychelles also associates itself with the SADC statement condemning the escalation of attacks and loss of life as well as the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council  calling for respect for the sanctity of human life and the protection of civilian populations in the conflict.