At a joint press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy unreservedly condemned the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai earlier this month. The killers allegedly used European passports.
AFP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy unreservedly condemned on Monday the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai, speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.
"It's an irrevocable condemnation. The condemnation by France of what is nothing more than a murder. It's clear, simple and precise," Sarkozy said, when asked about last month's killing of Palestinian militant Mahmud al-Mabhuh.
Sarkozy did not directly accuse any government of ordering the attack, but noted that his foreign ministry had called in the Israeli ambassador to ask about the use of a false French passport by one of the killers.
"I want to say it again without ambiguity. France is against all executions. This is not the way to go about things and nothing can justify these methods," the French leader said.
"This kind of event can only increase tension and bring nothing positive. France is a democracy and we can't accept this and won't accept it."
Dubai has accused Israel of sending its agents to the Gulf city to carry out the murder and has named 11 suspects travelling on European passports: six from Britain, three from Ireland, one from Germany and one from France.
The suspects deny all knowledge of the murder, and European governments think that the assassination gang was carrying false passports copied from those issued to the people named in Dubai's international arrest demand.
Several of the suspects have joint Israeli nationality, and suspicion has fallen on Israeli intelligence, which is known to have carried out similar assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders in the past.
Sarkozy noted that an investigation had begun and called on leaders to wait for its results before pointing the finger.
Date created : 2010-02-22