Paris, January 21, 2008
France deeply deplores the Israeli government’s decision to impose a blockade of Gaza which has the effect in particular of cutting off the power supply.
We express our very deep concern at the humanitarian situation in Gaza. The measures implemented lead to the collective punishment of the entire civilian population, already greatly affected.
France calls for the reopening of crossings and the immediate resumption of fuel oil deliveries so the power plant can resume operating.
France reiterates her condemnation of all forms of violence and calls with the same firmness for an end to the firing of rockets. There is no military solution to this situation./.