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Source: United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
Department of Public Information (DPI)
21 October 2002

Annan decries latest terror attack in Israel, urges Palestinian groups to end violence

21 October The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today condemned the latest terrorist attack in Israel and urged Palestinian groups to abandon such practices.

At least 14 persons were reported killed and many more injured in the explosion near Hadera.

Condemning "in the strongest possible terms" attacks against civilians, a spokesman for the Secretary-General issued a statement once again calling on all Palestinian groups to immediately stop all such acts of violence.

Mr. Annan also extended condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Israel.

Echoing these views, Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, reiterated the unequivocal UN position that such terror attacks are "morally reprehensible and absolutely counter-productive to peacemaking efforts." Mr. Roed-Larsen called on Palestinian groups to adhere to UN Security Council resolution 1435, which calls on both parties to stop all forms of violence.


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