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Denmark condemns Israeli raid on Syria as unacceptable

Monday, 06-Oct-2003 6:40AM PDT
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Copyright 2003 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)

COPENHAGEN, Oct 6 (AFP) - Israel's weekend raid on what it said was a Palestinian training camp in Syria was an "unacceptable violation" of Syrian territory, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said Monday.

"It is just as well that the UN Security Council is still considering this affair, because it is very serious when one country starts to fly over the territory of other countries," Moeller said, the Ritzau news agency reported.

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Israel launched an air attack early Sunday on what it said was a Palestinian militant training base northwest of Damascus used by the Islamic Jihad and Hamas groups.

The raid was in response to a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic Jihad that killed 19 people, plus the bomber, and wounded at least 50 others in the northern Israeli city of Haifa late Saturday.

"Denmark can accept neither the terror nor the escalation... because this never leads to peace, but quite the contrary," Moeller said. "Peace can only be reached around the negotiating table."

"It is obvious that the terror must stop."

Syria brought a draft resolution to the Security Council, the top UN body, on Sunday to condemn the deepest raid into Syrian territory in 30 years. The council met for about three hours but adjourned without taking a vote.