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EU Presidency statement on the latest escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel

The Presidency of the European Union expresses its deep concern over the latest escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel on 16 April, which resulted once again in many civilian victims, among them Palestinian children. The Presidency expresses its sincere condolences to the families of victims.

The Presidency strongly condemns the terrorist attack at the Nahal Oz fuel terminal on 9 April which claimed two civilian lives, and calls on both sides to show restraint and end all violence. Cessation of violence is one of the key elements in achieving the Annapolis commitments.

The Presidency reiterates the need for a peaceful and comprehensive resolution to the situation in Gaza, including an end to rocket attacks and all other acts of violence, and a controlled opening of the crossings to meet the humanitarian needs of the civilian population. We have stated too many times that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace and security. Actions that undermine the peace process should be stopped immediately.


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Date: 18.04.2008