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Erklärungen in internationalen Organisationen

30.06.2006

Statement by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the Middle East on the occasion of the public debate in the Security Council on 30 June


 
  1. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Serbia, and the EFTA country Liechtenstein, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
  2. The European Union is extremely concerned about the situation which has evolved over the last days between Israel and the Palestinians and calls on all parties to abstain from any actions that are in violation of international law. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier. The European Union strongly condemns the murder of the Israeli victim of a kidnapping in the West Bank. We call on the Palestinian leadership to bring an end to violence and terrorist activities, including the firing of rockets on Israeli territory.
  3. We express our particular concern about the detention of elected members of the Palestinian Government and legislature. Those detained should be accorded their full legal rights.
  4. The European Union reminds all parties of their responsibility to protect civilian lives. Notwithstanding Israel’s legitimate right of self defence, ongoing military operations should be in accordance with international law. We call on Israel to exercise the utmost restraint and to avoid disproportionate action. We regret the destruction of essential infrastructure, which contributes to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Restoring electricity and water supplies and access for humanitarian organisations must be a priority now to avoid a humanitarian crisis.
  5. The European Union emphasises the primacy of diplomatic means and calls upon all parties in the region to make every effort possible to resolve the current situation by peaceful means.
  6. We reaffirm our conviction that only a negotiated two-State solution can bring peace and security to the Israeli and the Palestinian people. A return to the peace process and to the implementation of the Roadmap is therefore imperative. We ask that both parties meet their responsibilities and demonstrate urgently an active commitment to the search for a negotiated solution.
  7. On 15 June, our Heads of State and Government endorsed the proposed temporary international mechanism to channel assistance directly to the Palestinian people, which has been drawn up by the European Commission following consultations within the EU as well as with Quartet members, major donors, international financial institutions and partners in the region. The EU, through the European Commission will continue urgently to establish the mechanism, in conjunction with Quartet members, other key international partners and the PA President’s Office.
  8. We agree that, in order to achieve an immediate impact, the mechanism will focus on essential supplies and running costs for social services and health, supply of utilities including fuel, and social allowances. Other donors, including Arab states, are invited to provide funding and to consider early and substantial contributions. The EU stands ready to contribute a substantial amount to the international mechanism.

 

* Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

 

Datum: 03.07.2006