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Source: European Union (EU)
18 May 2004

Javier Solana,
EU High Representative for the CFSP,
condemns latest developments in Gaza

Javier Solana, European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, condemned today, following the meeting with the Foreign Minister of Bahrain, the latest developments in the Gaza strip, which have resulted in the demolition of houses and the killing of many Palestinians.

"I would like to strongly condemn what is taking place now in Gaza. The demolition of houses is contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Road Map. These actions break trust between the people.

The Quartet has welcomed the Israeli plan to disengage from Gaza under certain conditions, but this is far from being the appropriate way of doing it. My personal envoy, Mr Marc Otte, is now in the region for high level talks with the parties. I will continue to follow the situation closely as it develops."

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