Vienna, 30 June 2014 Press release

Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz deplores the killing of three Israeli pupils

Foreign Minister warns of a "spiral of violence and counter-violence"

Vienna, 30 June 2014 – In his first response to the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (Austrian People’s Party) condemned this act of violence.

"I condemn the killing of the three kidnapped Israeli pupils in the strongest terms. We extend our sympathies and condolences to their families and friends in this dark hour. The perpetrators must be brought to trial", Kurz said in a media statement on Monday and added that the offenders must not succeed in "triggering a spiral of violence and counter-violence with their bloody deed". "This atrocious crime must not deter the moderate forces from their efforts to bring about a peaceful solution."

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