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EU Foreign Ministers to discuss deteriorating situation between Israel and Gaza

European Union, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2012

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D, will be in Brussels tomorrow (Monday 19 November) for a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers.  

The main agenda item will be the deteriorating situation between Israel and Gaza.  Ministers will consider what steps to take to help end the violence and bring about a meaningful resumption of the Middle East Peace Process. 

Speaking ahead of the meeting the Tánaiste said:

"I am gravely concerned at the current situation and the possibility of further escalation. Innocent civilians – on both sides – are caught up in this and counted among the dead and injured.  The EU will look to all involved parties to avoid further escalation and establish a durable ceasefire.”

On Syria, the Foreign Ministers are expected to welcome the agreement reached by Syrian opposition groups in Doha on 11 November to establish the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition.  They will also reaffirm their demand for an immediate end to the violence and full support for the UN-led efforts to achieve a political solution.  Ministers will examine a further increase in EU humanitarian aid bearing in mind the deteriorating situation on the ground and the approaching winter.

Ministers will also hold a strategic discussion on EU relations with Ukraine following the parliamentary elections there on 28 October.