Wien, 13. July 2005 Press release

Plassnik: "Austrian in Gaza safe and well"

13.07.2005

Foreign Ministry thanks Palestinian authorities

Vienna, 13 July 2005 - "The Austrian who was being held in Gaza has now been freed, and is safe and well", announced Foreign Minister Plassnik in the early evening of 13 July. "This has just been confirmed to me by the Austrian representative I dispatched to Gaza, whom I should like to thank for his efforts".

"Our particular thanks go to the Palestinian authorities, who acted to secure the release of the Austrian citizen", continued the Foreign Minister.

State Secretary Winkler has telephoned the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to convey Austria's thanks for the authorities' support.