Minister Cowen condemns terrorist attacks in Beersheva
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Brian Cowen, TD, strongly condemned the attacks which took place in Beersheva yesterday, costing the lives of at least sixteen people and injuring as many as one hundred. The Minister offered his condolences to the families of those killed and expressed his hope for the speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.
In deploring the actions of those who planned and executed this attack, Minister Cowen emphasised that such attacks are morally indefensible, and serve only to undermine efforts to make progress on the Roadmap, which alone offers the possibility of a Palestinian State and an Israeli State living side-by-side in peace and security.
The Minister called upon Hamas, and all other militant groups, to desist from such attacks, which can never be justified and are particularly appalling where they target children. Revenge attacks on civilians will not promote any cause. He further called upon all sides to recommit themselves to their obligations under the Roadmap, including the obligation to institute and maintain a ceasefire.
1st September 2004