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Tuesday, November 18, 1997 Published at 13:07 GMT



World: Monitoring

International reaction to Luxor attack

German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said on Tuesday that four Germans were killed in the Luxor attack.

Quoted by ddpADN news agency, Kinkel said the figure had been confirmed in a telephone conversation with the Egyptian Foreign Minister this morning.

He said it was unclear at present whether more German tourists were among the dead.

Kinkel said that the danger of new attacks remained high, and warned against trips to central Egypt.

Tehran radio says Luxor attacks "inhumane", investigation needed

Iranian radio said that while attacks on civilians should be condemned, it would not be fair to accuse Islamic groups of carrying out the deed before investigations were complete.

"Without a doubt, attacking civilians in any form is inhumane," the radio said, in an English-language commentary.

"The Luxor incident has been condemned by the international circles and community. But the important point is identification of the agents responsible for the assassination of the holiday-makers, those who have committed such an inhumane act."

The radio said the Luxor police had attributed the attack to Islamists.

"The Islamists have always been charged with such allegations. Accusing one single or specific groups of being involved in Luxor operations before the completion of investigations would not be a fair judgment," it said.

Yeltsin "deeply shaken" by Luxor attack

Russian President Boris Yeltsin has sent a telegram to Egyptian President Husni Mubarak in connection with Monday's attack in Luxor, Interfax news agency reported.

Yeltsin wrote that he was "deeply shaken" by the tragedy which involved great loss of life.

He reaffirmed his adherence to the agreements on eradicating terrorism reached by the leaders of many states in the Egyptian city of Sharm-el-Sheikh.

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted by Itar-Tass news agency said that Russia "resents the actions of terrorists and strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."

"We hope that the Egyptian authorities will take all the necessary measures to prevent such tragedies in the future."

Israeli President hopes attack won't damage tourism

Israeli President Ezer Weizman phoned Egyptian President Husni Mubarak on Tuesday morning to express his condolences over the Luxor massacre, Israel radio reported.

Weizman expressed the hope that the attack would not affect tourism to Egypt and Israel.

The radio said that the tourism ministers of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan were supposed to hold a joint news conference at an international tourism fair in London on Tuesday, but the Egyptian minister might not be able to attend.

"Israeli tourism officials are afraid that the attack on tourists in Egypt will have an adverse effect on tourism to Israel," the radio added.

Japan urges anti-terrorism measures

Japan urged Egypt to take "thorough anti-terrorism measures" following Monday's massacre.

Seichiro Noboru, head of the Foreign Ministry's Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, made the request when he met the Egyptian Ambassador to Japan Nabil Fahmy, Kyodo news agency reported.

He called for steps to be taken to prevent a recurrence and for a thorough investigation of the attack.

Fahmy expressed his sorrow for the attack and the loss of life which he said occurred despite the priority his country was placing on boosting security measures.

He said measures would be taken to facilitate the transport of victims and visits by the victims' families.

Officials said the Foreign Ministry would urge travel agencies to cancel trips to Luxor and other parts of southern Egypt until safety in the region could be assured.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.






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