Vienna, 16 July 2014 Press release

Kurz presses for immediate Middle East ceasefire

Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz calls for immediate ceasefire; protection of civilian population is paramount

Vienna, 16 July 2014: “The death toll is frighteningly high and the spiral of escalation is gaining momentum all the time”, said Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz when expressing his concerns about the ongoing fighting and rising numbers of civilian victims in the Middle East. Kurz emphasised his support of the efforts at mediation on the part of Egypt and stressed that “an immediate ceasefire” is now required. “Neither side can refuse a ceasefire for the sake of political or tactical deliberations”, said the Minister, who also expressed his sympathy for the victims of the conflict, in particular the civilian casualties. Efforts to bring about a peaceful solution must be resumed without delay, Kurz concluded.

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