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Source: European Union (EU)
5 December 2005


The United Kingdom, as Presidency of the European Union, today condemned the suicide attack in Netanya where at least five people were killed and dozens wounded. British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, said:

‘The Presidency utterly condemns this mindless act of terrorism in the strongest terms, and offers our deep condolences to the families of the victims and sympathies to the injured.

‘This was a cowardly attack yet again aimed at innocent civilians and at derailing the peace process. It is essential not to allow terrorists to succeed in sabotaging the recent peace efforts. I call on the PA to bring those responsible to justice, and to exert every effort to prevent such attacks in the future.

"This attack is an attempt to undermine the genuine progress that we have seen in recent months since the historic and successful disengagement from Gaza. A determined fight against terrorism is crucial for the search for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. I hope Israel and the PA will continue to strengthen their security co-operation.’

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