A spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement that Mr. Annan believed that actions such as the demolition of homes on 9 and 10 July “only aggravate the already tense situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.” “He strongly urges Israel to halt such activities,” the spokesman said. “The Secretary-General reiterates his appeal to both sides to exercise maximum restraint, cease the violence and re-initiate the peace process by implementing the Mitchell report,” he added, referring to the report of an international committee of fact-finding headed by former United States Senator George Mitchell.

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