Mutual Declaration of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria and the Federal Association of Israelite Religious Communities in Austria

The Islamic Religious Community and the Federal Association of Israelite Religious Communities in Austria express their concern over the continual escalation of violence in the Near East which has caused so much human suffering on both sides. They appeal to the conflicting parties, despite the difficult situation, to put a stop to the senseless killings and end the language of violence once and for all: use of force cannot be a solution to political problems.
They appeal also to the conflicting parties to establish as quickly as possible the conditions for returning to the negotiating table and to resume talks with the goal of achieving a peaceful political solution.

Both religious communities observe the recent threatening developments in a number of European countries, causing serious concern for a spill-over of conflict and violence to Europe.

Thus, they wish to express their satisfaction with the prevailing peaceful situation which exists between the religious communities in Austria. They are also fully prepared to make their contribution in maintaining a climate of tolerance, open dialogue and peaceful coexistence between the religious communities in Austria.
It is in this respect that both religious communities would like to express their satisfaction with the efforts made by Austria in relation to this matter.

Vienna, April 02, 2002
Anas Schakfeh
Honorary President of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria

Dr. Ariel Muzicant
Honorary President of the Federal Association of the
Israelite Religious Community in Austria