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Source: Secretary-General
30 January 2004



Brussels, Belgium, 30 January 2004 -
Secretary-General's press encounter after inauguration
of the UN Regional Information Centre (RUNIC)

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Q: Mr. Secretary-General, do you have any comment to make on the Middle East following the overnight raid into Bethlehem by Israeli troops in the aftermath of yesterday's suicide bombing?

SG: No, I think yesterday I had the chance to share with some of you my concern for the situation in the Middle East which is extremely worrying. We have seen in the last couple of days many, many people killed. As you know, I have always condemned without reservation suicide bombings that take innocent lives and have also indicated that we need to be active and energize our efforts to find a way of bringing the parties to the table. And it is essential that we do all we can to lead them to the path of peace and I believe we owe it to the people in the region, their families and their children, to really find a way of breaking this cycle of violence and revenge. And I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and all those who lost loved ones and those who have been injured and are in hospital. But the only solution to this is to focus on peace.

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