Bosnian official slams "brutal attacks" against "endangered" Palestinians
BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - January 6, 2009 Tuesday

Text of report by Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation official news agency FENA

Sarajevo, 6 January: The deputy chairman of the B-H [Bosnia-Hercegovina] Council of Ministers and security minister, Tarik Sadovic [Muslim], condemned today the shedding of innocent blood in the Gaza Strip and sent an appeal for the immediate cessation of hostilities and delivery of humanitarian aid to the Palestine people, whose biological survival is under threat.

"I condemn the shedding of innocent blood in the Holy Land. I express my support for the endangered Palestinian people. I believe all peoples who live there should have a just peace," Sadovic said at a press conference in Sarajevo.

He pointed out that it was the Israeli army which launched a big offensive "on this piece of territory heavily populated by Palestinians", believing that this was all timed to happen in the period during the change of the US government.

"It seems all targets are legitimate for the savage force and the brutal attacks of Israel. I believe there is no justification for the murder of civilians, women and children," Sadovic emphasized.

Assessing that the international community, above all the USA and European Union, could stop this David and Goliath conflict, the security minister pointed out that the citizens of B-H themselves have felt what the passiveness of the international community and the consequences of such a policy means.

Sadovic said that he would be asking the B-H Council of Ministers to help the Palestinians by sending necessary humanitarian aid.

Source: Federation News Agency, Sarajevo, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1427 gmt 6 Jan 09
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