Situation in the Middle East
President Sarkozy expresses his deepest concern at the escalation of violence in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip. He firmly condemns the irresponsible provocations which led to this situation, as well as the disproportionate use of force.
President Sarkozy deplores the heavy civilian loss of life and conveys his condolences to the innocent victims and their families.
He asks for an immediate halt to the firing of rockets into Israel and to Israel’s bombing of Gaza, and he calls on the parties to show restraint.
He reiterates that there is no military solution to Gaza and calls for the establishment of a lasting truce./.