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Middle East/Gaza

Middle East/Gaza

Published on January 15, 2009
Statements by M. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and his German counterpart, M. Franck-Walter Steinmeier

Paris, January 14, 2009

We commend Egypt on its sustained effort to bring about an end of the fighting and Palestinian reconciliation.

In the face of continuing violence and the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza, we call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

As called by UNSCR 1860, fighting must be stopped now to end the suffering of all civilian populations.

A humanitarian ceasefire will provide space to address the humanitarian crisis.

It also must be used to create the basis for a durable ceasefire which will guarantee security and safety for the populations in Gaza and Israel.

We must act quickly.

Our countries are committed to support arrangements and measures that could sustain a durable ceasefire and calm, as laid out in UNSCR 1860, especially the prevention of illicit trafficking in arms and ammunition and to ensure sustained and regular opening of the crossing points. Important progress has been made over the past days in identifying workable solutions.


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