By Abdelwahab El-Gueyed
VIENNA, Oct 31 (KUNA) -- Head of the Green Party and National Spokesman
Alexander Van der Bellen said he is against the attempts of some bodies to
associate Islam with terrorism.
Der Bellen told KUNA that it is in everybody's favor that 400,000 Moslems
living in Austria do not turn into hostages as a result of the acts of a few
extremist Moslems in the country.
He said the Austrian Green Party, the third largest party in Austria, has
expressed its support for the Islamic community in many gatherings.
The eminent politician praised the initiative of the Austrian President
Heinz Fischer to organize a reception for the representatives of the Islamic
community in Austria and considered it an example to promote Inter-religious
and cultural coexistence.
On the Middle East, he hoped the initiative by US President George Bush to
hold a peace conference at the end of November would be a success, noting that
the situation in the Middle East "is critical and warns of many surprises."
On Iraq, he said the US is facing a hard time there, but warned of grave
consequences if the US troops withdrew from Iraq in light of the current
escalations in the country that could lead to a civil war.
Der Bellen said, naturally he did not wish for the presence of occupation
forces in Iraq but there is no alternative to these forces at the current
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