Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations strongly condemned, Sunday, the June 12th abduction of three Israeli teenagers at the Alon Shevut Junction in Judea. Speaking at the beginning of a meeting with President Shim'on Peres, Ban said, "Under any circumstances or any reasons this cannot be justified; it’s totally unacceptable and I’ve condemned it in the strongest possible terms. And I’m sending again my strong solidarity, first of all, with those young people who were kidnapped and must be enduring terrible days, and their families and friends, and the people of Israel."
Noting that terror is not just an Israeli problem, Ban expressed hope for the two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace. Congratulating Peres for his years of service and advocacy of peace, he said he looked forward to working with Peres after Peres steps down from the presidency.