UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the Jerusalem truck-ramming attack on a group of Israeli soldiers but said it should not stand in the way of efforts to renew peace talks.
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Four people were killed and 17 wounded on Sunday when a Palestinian drove a truck into the group of soldiers visiting a tourist spot in Jerusalem. Guterres “condemns the terrorist attack by a Palestinian assailant,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Violence and terror will not bring a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict quite the opposite.
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All those responsible for such acts must be brought to justice, condemned and disavowed. Their acts should not be allowed to deter from the need for a renewed commitment to dialogue,” he added. The attack occurred amid preparations for an international peace conference on the Middle East to be held in Paris on January 15.
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Some 70 countries are planning to attend to underscore support for a two-state solution that would see an independent Palestine co-exist alongside Israel.