Bildt condemns Jerusalem shootings

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has condemned the shootings in Jerusalem which caused the deaths of eight students.

In a foreign ministry press release Bildt said:

“The fatal shootings in Jerusalem are an unacceptable terrorist attack and I condemn them in as strong terms as they have been condemned by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and others.”

Bildt warned that the attack by a Palestinian gunman at a religious college in Jerusalem on Thursday could have consequences.

“Terrorist attacks targeted at innocent civilians can never be accepted. There is a risk that this attack will lead to a further escalation of violence.”

Bildt underlined the importance of continuing the peace process, which is at a sensitive stage after recent events in Gaza.

“The only way we can escape from this escalation is to make progress in the peace negotiations.”