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Source: European Union (EU)
12 July 2005


The United Kingdom, as Presidency of the European Union, condemned the suicide attack perpetrated on 12 July in Netanya where at least two people were killed and many others wounded. British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, said:

'The Presidency condemns this act of terror in the strongest terms, and offers condolences to the families of the victims and sympathies to the injured. Such attacks are aimed at innocent civilians and at derailing the peace process.

'This attack undermines the genuine progress that we have seen in recent weeks in the search for peace, courageously undertaken by both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It also undermines the commitments made at the Sharm El-Sheikh Summit in February for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

'The persons responsible for this crime must be apprehended and brought to justice. The Presidency calls upon the parties to fully cooperate in this regard. It is essential not to allow terrorists to succeed in sabotaging the recent peace efforts.

'A determined fight against terrorism is crucial for the search for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The Presidency urges all States in the region to use their influence in this regard.'

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