26/10/2005
Secretary-General
SG/SM/10186

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS TERROR BOMBING IN ISRAELI MARKET


The following statement is attributable to the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:


The Secretary-General was shocked to hear of the terror attack today at the market in Hadera, Israel, which caused a number of casualties among Israeli civilians.  The Secretary-General condemns this act and extends his condolences to the families of the victims.  At the same time, he calls for an immediate stop to the escalation of all violent acts.  The Secretary-General believes that an opportunity exists to address the long-standing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis; it must not be allowed to fall victim to violence.  The forces of moderation and negotiation must prevail.


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