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Source: European Union
6 October 2003
EU Presidency statement on the situation in the Middle East

The Presidency of the European Union expressed her strongest concern over the upsurge of violence in the Middle East. While holding firm Israel's right to defend itself from terrorism - as underlined by the Quartet during its September 26 New York meeting - it must be recognised that, unfortunately, Israeli military action on Syrian territory makes the prospects of dialogue in the region more difficult.

Therefore, the Italian Presidency of the EU strongly called on Israel not to commit any act which might increase tension in the region.

Referring to the firm condemnation by the European union of Saturday's bloody attack in the Israeli town of Haifa, purported by Islamic Jihad terrorists, the EU Presidency renewed her deepest concern for such attacks, which do not have any moral justification.

The Italian Presidency of the EU added that the fight against terrorism in all its forms remains one of the priorities of the European union as well as of the entire international community and that this fight must be carried out in respect of international law.

The EU Presidency recalled the duty of all countries, in particular of those in the region, to concretely co-operate in the fight against terrorism and to abstain from all support - albeit indirect - to extremist organisations.

Acknowledging the Palestinian decision to create an emergency government led by Prime Minister Abu Alaa, the Italian Presidency of the EU stated that the new PA government will be able to count on the support of the European union if it rapidly and concretely shows its determination to oppose terrorism, its readiness to resume dialogue and to continue implementing the PA's political, economic and security forces reforms.

The EU Presidency concluded by renewing the willingness and commitment of the Italian Presidency and of the European union to contribute to the quest for a comprehensive and peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East.


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