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Annan decries latest terror attack in Israel

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

STATEMENT OF SPOKESMAN

New York, 21 October 2002 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in the Middle East including the question of Palestine

The Secretary-General is appalled by the terrorist car bomb attack in northern Israel earlier today in which at least 14 persons were killed and many others injured. He reiterates his condemnation of attacks against civilians in the strongest possible terms and conveys his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Israel. The Secretary-General once again calls on all Palestinian groups to stop immediately all such acts of violence.

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