U.N: Palestinian attack peace 'setback'

Jan. 15, 2005 at 6:20 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the Palestinian attack on Israeli forces at the Karni crossing was a "real setback" to the Middle East peace process.

In an encounter with Dubai Television during a stopover at Dubai Airport Saturday returning to U.N. World Headquartersin New York from the Indian Ocean, Annan was asked his reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon's decision to cut all contacts with the Palestinian government.

He replied, "The attacks that killed the six Israelis is a real blow to the peace process," and added he thought the Palestinians had managed the transition following the death of President Yasser Arafat "extremely well. They just had brilliant elections, elected Abu Massen and everyone was looking forward to the resumption and re-energization of the peace process.

"So what has happened is a real setback," Annan continued. "I hope it will be possible to find a way to engage both parties" in the Middle East peace process.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Putin reassures PM Alexis Tsipras after 'no' referendum vote in Greece
South Korea rescues 5 North Korean sailors
F-16, Cessna planes collide mid-air in South Carolina
Donald Trump deletes retweet about Jeb Bush's wife
Houston-based LINN leaves Texas shale