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European Union (EU)
12 November 2003
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP,
welcomes the new Palestinian government
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, welcomed the ratification by the Palestinian Legislative Council of the new Palestinian government headed by Prime Minister Ahmed QURIE, while on an official visit to Germany.
"I welcome today's approval by the Palestinian Legislative Council of the formation of the new Palestinian government. I know Prime Minister Qurie well and have trust in his ability and determination to lead his Government in the present difficult conditions.
I expect the new government to honour the Palestinian Authority's commitments under the Roadmap and to pursue the process of reforms. The security situation should be addressed as a matter of priority, with a view to bringing to an end all attacks against Israelis.
The EU will discuss with partners in the Quartet, as well as with Israel, in order to ensure that the most favourable conditions are created for the new Palestinian government to carry out these important tasks."