|STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (14/06/07)|
Commenting on the declaration of a state of emergency in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Foreign Secretary, said:
'Today's announcement that the National Unity Government has come to an end is of course a matter for regret. The Mecca Agreement and subsequent formation of the NUG seemed to be positive steps forward. But once again, extremists carrying guns have prevented progress against the wishes of the majority who seek a peaceful two-state solution.
'The current violence in Gaza and the West Bank remains deeply alarming and I again call on all parties, to agree an immediate ceasefire, for the sake of the Palestinian people. It is imperative that all sides agree to speak to each other. Dialogue is the only way to achieve a long lasting and sustainable peace.'