Vienna, 31 May 2010 - „I am dismayed over the bloody escalation of events on the main ship of the „solidarity fleet“ for Gaza. Such bloodshed is shocking, and I expect a quick and full investigation“, said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger today in a reaction to the news of the storming of the Gaza ship convoy.
The Foreign Minister assigned Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Dr. Johannes Kyrle to immediately summon the Israeli ambassador and to urge a clarification of the situation.
According to hitherto unconfirmed reports, a few Austrians may also have been on board on one of the ships. The Austrian Embassy in Tel Aviv shall endeavour to verify these reports.
Spindelegger appealed to the Israeli government to show restraint and to do everything to avoid any further violent incidents: „Israel must end the counterproductive blockade policy toward the Gaza Strip, as this has been firmly and repeatedly demanded by the UN Security Council in New York and by the European Union“.
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