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The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., called on the Israeli government to halt its demolition of Palestinian homes in the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip immediately.
The Minister stressed that, at its meeting on 4 May, the Quartet had called on Israel to take steps to respect the dignity of the Palestinian people and improve their quality of life. The Quartet had also emphasised that Israel should refrain from demolition of Palestinian homes and property, as a punitive measure or to facilitate Israeli construction.
The Minister said:
"I reiterate my call to both sides to declare an immediate ceasefire, supervised by international monitors, as a prelude to the opening of negotiations."