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Copy of Appeal following Palestinian election

11 April 2006

Letter to H.E. Dr Ursula Plassnik, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Austria, 11
April, 2006


Your Excellency,

In the immediate aftermath of the recent Palestinian elections, the World Council
of Churches sent an urgent letter to members of the Middle East Quartet. We
urged respect for the democratic mandate given by those elections and time for
the new government to find its feet and demonstrate its intentions. We also called
on the members of the Quartet to hold both Israelis and Palestinians to equitable
terms and conditions for resolution of their conflict under international law.

Sharing our concerns, Pax Christi Austria has now asked us to send a copy of
the letter to you. Given the decisions being taken these very days by the EU and
other members of the Quartet, and with implications of increasing suffering and
new dangers to peace ahead, we attach a copy for your attention. The concerns
expressed in the letter are more urgent than ever and we commend them to you
for action in your capacity as chairperson of the EU foreign ministers meeting.

With high regards and best wishes,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary

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