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Source: European Commission
9 February 2005

President Barroso's statement on the Middle East declaration
Brussels, 9 February 2005 

"I strongly welcome the truce declared yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

It is my sincerest hope that this will lead to a definitive end to years of violence in the Middle East and put us back on the path towards a lasting peace between two states – Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state - living side by side in peace and security in the framework of a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East, as laid out in the Roadmap.

 I urge Israelis and the Palestinians to pursue this goal with determination. As Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner has indicated, the European Commission stands ready to support the next steps with concrete help worth €250 million."

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