Vienna, 22 November 2012 Press release

Spindelegger: "An opportunity to restart peace process in the Middle East"

Austrian Vice-Chancellor condemns bombing in Tel Aviv

Vienna, 22 November 2012 – Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger expressed his relief about the ceasefire in the south of Israel and the Gaza strip that had been arranged by Egypt; at the same time he condemned the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv that had left more than 20 people injured. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades had admitted to the attack. "This shocking attack illustrates once again that the stalemate in the Middle East has to be overcome to deprive extremists of their breeding grounds", Spindelegger said.

"I hope that the truce mediated by Egypt will last and turn into a permanent ceasefire. It is now more important than ever that Israel and Palestine resume serious negotiations ", Spindelegger said and continued: "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will certainly not be solved by firing missiles on Israel territory and continuously threatening the people living in South Israel. A political solution is needed. The most recent, intensive diplomatic efforts under Egyptian leadership, including those of the UN Secretary General and the American Secretary of State and representatives of the European Union have shown once again that the international community is ready to contribute proactively to bringing about a solution."

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