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Source: Russian Federation
9 August 2006



MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

INFORMATION AND PRESS DEPARTMENT

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32/34 Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl., 119200, Moscow G-200; tel.: (495) 244 4119, fax: 244 4112
e-mail: dip@mid.ru
, web-address: www.mid.ru


Unofficial translation from Russian

Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department on Arrest of Palestinian Parliament Speaker Abdel Aziz Duaik

1380-09-08-2006

On August 7 the Israeli authorities detained Palestinian Parliament speaker Abdel Aziz Duaik.

The arrest of the lawfully elected head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, just as of any other official of the Palestinian National Authority, raises quite a few questions, in particular, with regard to the legality of Israel's arresting and trying members of the Palestinian legislative and executive authorities on territories that are not under Israel's jurisdiction. Such actions far from contribute to the defusing of the situation on the Palestinian territories or to the resumption of progress towards a Palestinian-Israeli settlement on an internationally recognized basis.

We hope that the Palestinian officials will be released shortly.



August 9, 2006



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