Wien, 12. August 2006 Press release

Plassnik: "There has already been too much bloodshed"

12.08.2006

Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik calls for an end to brute force and for full implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 on Lebanon

Vienna, 12 August 2006 - Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik today welcomed the unanimous adoption of a Lebanon Resolution by the UN Security Council. "There has already been too much bloodshed. Within a month almost 1,500 people have been killed in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Many thousands have been injured and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. By adopting Resolution 1701, the international community of states has shown the way out of the crisis. Now the parties to the conflict have to follow this course and refrain from violence and destruction. It is intolerable that innocent civilians are still dying on both sides while the world community insistently calls for a complete cessation of hostilities," said the Foreign Minister.

"In Israel and the Arab world people also are impatiently waiting for this hope to become reality. Now confidence has to be built by taking concrete steps. This is the only possibility of finding a way out of this spiral of violence. Both Hezbollah and Israel are called upon to put an end to the use of brute force and to commit themselves to the course pursued by the UN," continued Plassnik.

"Secure access to the people in southern Lebanon must not be delayed any longer. They are in a dramatic humanitarian emergency situation. For them, too, the UN Security Resolution must have tangible consequences before it is too late," emphasised the Foreign Minister.

"Now the main issue is the implementation of Resolution 1701, for which all sides bear a great responsibility. The international community is prepared to enter into far-reaching commitments, and this clear offer should be accepted without reservation. The stationing of Lebanese government and UN forces in southern Lebanon should be made possible without delay," continued the Foreign Minister.

"This marks the beginning of a new stage in diplomatic efforts. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has our full support in this important phase," concluded the Foreign Minister.

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