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Source: Sweden
25 May 2007

Statement 25 May 2007
Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation

Carl Bildt and Gunilla Carlsson on the situation in Gaza
"I am deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza, where the violent developments of the past few days have already had serious humanitarian consequences and where the situation is worsening by the day. After my visit to the Palestinian territories earlier in the week, I am convinced more than ever of the need for immediate, vigorous measures to improve the situation of the Palestinians," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

"The deterioration of the situation in Gaza also risks having negative consequences on the region. The mass arrests of Palestinian political representatives, including the Palestinian Minister of Education, are making the possibilities for a constructive political process more difficult. Confidence-building measures must be put in place and the arrested Palestinians must be immediately released or brought to trial," maintains Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.

"In its efforts to protect its population, Israel must follow the rules of international law. The indiscriminate attacks of the past few days that are mainly affecting innocent civilians on both sides are totally unacceptable. We urge President Abbas and the Palestinian coalition government together to do their utmost to put a stop to the unacceptable rocket attacks on Israel," say Mr Bildt and Ms Carlsson.

On 4 June, Carl Bildt is to travel to the region for discussions with the Palestinian and Israeli foreign ministers.

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