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Source: European Union
12 June 2002
Declaration by the Presidency of the EU on the Middle East

(Madrid, 12 June 2002) - The Presidency of the European Union expresses its deep concern for the current situation and the climate of prevailing violence that represents an obstacle for the renewed efforts in favour of peace. The Presidency would like to reiterate once again its firm condemnation of the terrorist acts, illegal and immoral, that will only contribute to confrontation and to destroy the hope of peaceful coexistence between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. The Presidency urges the PNA to redouble its efforts to prevent these acts from taking place again.

The Presidency of the European Union reiterates its conviction that there is no military solution to this conflict. Peace and security will only be achieved through negotiations, which should be started as soon as possible.

Israel has a legitimate right to fight terrorism. This fight must bear in mind the political goal of putting an end to the conflict. The actions carried out against the Mukata Presidential complex, the destruction caused and the measures President Arafat is being subject to, which have prevented the meeting of the new Palestinian Government, are unjustifiable and counter-productive.

The Presidency of the European Union demands the urgent withdrawal of the Israeli army from the occupied cities and particularly asks the Israeli Government to allow the new Palestinian Government to freely perform its duties and confront the new responsibilities derived from such functions.


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