14/01/2005
Press Release
SG/SM/9676


SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACK ON ISRAELI CIVILIANS


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


The Secretary-General condemns the Palestinian terror attack that caused the death of six Israeli civilians and injury to four others at the Karni crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip yesterday evening.  He wishes to express his deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured.


The Secretary-General hopes that this terrible incident will not be allowed to undermine the recent positive steps made by both parties.  He also calls on the new Palestinian leadership to make all possible attempts to bring to justice the organizers and perpetrators of this attack.


The Secretary-General emphasizes again that violence cannot provide a solution to the conflict, and that only through negotiation can peace be achieved.


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