Vienna, 19 December 2010 - Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger expressed his deep concern about the tense situation on the Korean peninsula. After North Korea’s artillery attack on 23 November, which caused military and civilian casualties on the South Korean side, the situation continues to be extremely tense on account of South Korean military exercises and North Korean threats. The Foreign Minister therefore called upon all parties to exercise prudence. “There must not be any further violent acts; violence does not resolve problems. The ceasefire agreement must be fully complied with.”
“I appeal to both sides to search for solutions exclusively through negotiation and call upon all regional partners to consistently support efforts for permanent peace in this highly sensitive region. Stability also means creating a Korean peninsula free from nuclear weapons. This will also be clearly expressed by Austria at today’s special meeting of the UN Security Council in New York”, concluded Spindelegger.
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