Nigeria condemns escalation of Middle Ease violence

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Tuesday condemned the escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians, offering to play any possible role to restore peace to the troubled region.
Receiving a special envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Abuja on behalf of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Vice President Atiku Abubakar frowned at the recourse to violence, which has claimed several lives in the area.
Abubakar said Nigeria was deeply concerned about the descent to violence by parties to the conflict, and urged them to return to the negotiating table because "no settlement can be achieved through violence".
Speaking earlier the special envoy, Quadra Soffar, said he was in Nigeria to deliver a special message from Sharon to President Obasanjo.
He said Israel had great respect for Nigeria's leading role on the African continent, and stressed the need for closer ties between both countries.
The conflict escalated Monday with the killing of the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Abu Ali Mustafa, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah by missiles fired from two Israeli helicopters.
The PLFP has threatened to retaliate on Israeli leaders and civilians, while the Palestinian National Authority warned that Israel had in Monday's killing overstepped "all the red lines".

28 august 2001 17:09:00

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