The Presidency of the European Union reiterates its conviction that
is no military solution to this conflict. Peace and security will only be achieved
through negotiations, which should be started as soon as possible.
Israel has a legitimate right to fight terrorism. This fight must bear in mind
the political goal of putting an end to the conflict. The actions carried out
against the Mukata Presidential complex, the destruction caused and the
measures President Arafat is being subject to, which have prevented the
meeting of the new Palestinian Government, are unjustifiable and counter-productive.
The Presidency of the European Union demands the urgent withdrawal of the
Israeli army from the occupied cities and particularly asks the Israeli
Government to allow the new Palestinian Government to freely perform its
duties and confront the new responsibilities derived from such functions.
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