Press Releases

    SG/SM/8517
    22 November 2002

    SECRETARY-GENERAL STRONGLY CONDEMNS PALESTINIAN
    SUICIDE BOMBING IN JERUSALEM, SAYS SUCH ATTACKS
    "SPUR HATRED AND MISTRUST"

    "Scourge of Terrorism" Must Not Be Allowed to Deter Parties
    From Pressing Need for Intensive Effort to Bring Peace Between Them

    NEW YORK, 21 November (UN Headquarters) -- This is the text of a statement today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms the Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem today that killed at least 11 Israelis and injured dozens more, including many children. He expresses his profound condolences to the families of the victims. As he has made clear repeatedly, the Secretary-General believes that such attacks are utterly reprehensible and only serve to spur further hatred and mistrust.

    The Secretary-General appeals to all concerned not to allow the scourge of terrorism to blind them to the pressing need for an intensive effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He continues to believe that the roadmap for achieving a two-State solution being developed by the Quartet can play a vital role in breaking the cycle of violence and promoting a peaceful settlement. Stressing again that the conflict can be resolved only through negotiations, the Secretary-General urges all sides to desist from all forms of violence -- as demanded in Security Council resolution 1435 (2002).

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