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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER FA14 30 January 2004

JERUSALEM SUICIDE BOMBING

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the appalling suicide-homicide bomb attack in Jerusalem which has killed at least 10 people. Most of the victims were commuters travelling to work. Our thoughts are with their families and friends.

The terrorist group Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade has claimed responsibility for this murderous act. There can be no justification for such indiscriminate attempts to kill and maim civilians.

I note that the Palestinian Authority has condemned the attack. But words are not enough - the Palestinian Authority must take firm action against the terrorists.

Australia recognises Israel’s right to take strong defensive measures in order to protect itself from attacks like this. But, as I reiterated during my recent visit to the Middle East, Australia remains committed to a negotiated solution of this tragic conflict.

The Roadmap to Middle East Peace still represents the best hope of achieving this and I call on both sides to find a way to resume its implementation.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 0419 206 890 Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555

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