16/07/2002
Press Release
SG/SM/8305



SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS TERRORIST ATTACK ON ISRAELI BUS ‘CLEARLY DESIGNED’


TO DISRUPT SEARCH FOR PEACE


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:


The Secretary-General is appalled by the attack on a bus near the settlement in Emanuel in the West Bank earlier today in which seven Israelis were killed and some 25 injured.  He reiterates his utter condemnation of indiscriminate attacks against civilians which cannot be justified by any political or other objective.


This terrorist attack was clearly designed to disrupt the search for a peaceful solution to the conflict.  The perpetrators cannot be allowed to succeed in their sinister purpose.


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