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7 April 2003
Presidency statement concerning the Israeli operations in Tulkarem
April 7, 2003: Presidency statement concerning the Israeli operations in Tulkarem (Brussels)
The Presidency of the EU is particularly concerned with the Israeli operations in Tulkarem. We are afraid that this kind of unacceptable actions, which pose under curfew the population of a whole town and occupying even schools administrated by UNRWA, take the form of collective punishment and fuel hatred and violence.
We comprehend Israel's need to secure the safety of its citizens, but we are convinced that this will be effectively achieved only by the immediate, reciprocal and parallel implementation of the roadmap by the two parties.