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Israel/Palestinian Territories

Published on August 11, 2014
Statement to the French media by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, at Tel Aviv airport before his departure

Tel Aviv, July 19, 2014

France is a force for peace, so I wanted to come to the region. I had a meeting first with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, then Egypt’s President Al-Sisi, the Jordanian Prime Minister and now the Israeli Prime Minister. I then had contacts with the United Nations Secretary-General and a whole series of foreign affairs ministers – [those of] America, Turkey, Qatar, Italy, Norway and others.

On every occasion I’ve urged there to be a ceasefire because there are currently many casualties, and because France is a force for peace.

Sadly, I note that this call for a ceasefire isn’t being – or hasn’t yet been – heard and that, on the contrary, even more civilians risk being killed, and this deeply alarms us. Under these conditions, France is continuing and will continue to urge and act in favour of a ceasefire which takes Israel’s security and the living conditions of the Palestinians in Gaza into account. But, as I speak, the overwhelming feeling is that sadly the call for a ceasefire isn’t being heard and that, on the contrary, more civilians risk being killed in the coming days, and this deeply alarms us./.