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The Presidency reiterates that the European Union rejects all such forms of violence as unjustifiable. Attacks of this kind merely serve to aggravate the further decline in what is already a worrying situation in the Middle East and render ineffectual all the attempts being made by the international community to relaunch the stalled political process.
The Presidency calls on all parties to shun violence forthwith in favour of dialogue and negotiation.
It is high time that the parties to this conflict regained their self-control and adopted a resolutely forward-looking approach, working together to restore a climate of mutual trust that will be essential if the vicious cycle of attacks and revenge attacks is to be broken.
The Presidency also stresses that the civilian populations on both sides cannot indefinitely remain hostages to a conflict that has surely already gone on too long. After 10 months of fighting it is now clear that only negotiation, with the necessary compromises this entails, is capable of leading to a definitive solution to the Palestinian issue and ensuring lasting peace and stability in the region.
The Presidency calls on the parties in question to display a maximum degree of restraint.