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Brussels - EU Ministers Express Concern About Gaza Crisis

Published on: November 19, 2012 08:15 AM
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French Defence Minister Jean Yves le Drian (R) chats with Spanish Defence Minister Pedro Morenes at the start of a European Defence Ministers meeting in  Brussels, Belgium 19 November 2012. Reports state that the meeting will mainly focus on the conflict between Israel and Palestine and evolution of the situation in Syria.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLETFrench Defence Minister Jean Yves le Drian (R) chats with Spanish Defence Minister Pedro Morenes at the start of a European Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium 19 November 2012. Reports state that the meeting will mainly focus on the conflict between Israel and Palestine and evolution of the situation in Syria.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Brussels - The European Union’s foreign policy chief is expressing concern about the mounting death toll in the Gaza conflict, saying the crisis can only be resolved with a long-term solution.

Speaking at the start of a meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers in Brussels on Monday, Catherine Ashton said rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel must stop.

“What we have to do is to find ... a solution that brings security to the region,” Ashton said.

Israeli forces are attacking Gaza in an effort to stop the militant rocket fire, and scores of Palestinians and three Israeli civilians have been killed in the conflict.

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said the most important thing was to arrange an immediate cease-fire.

“Then, we must look at the wider and deeper issues,” he said. “This is the second Gaza war in a few years. We can’t wait for the third and fourth.”

The EU ministers also are scheduled to discuss how to deal with Syria’s new opposition coalition, which France has recognized. Other EU members prefer to wait and see whether the coalition truly represents the variety of people that make up Syria before recognizing it.

Ashton said none of the ministers has proposed that the EU should recognize the new coalition. However, British Foreign Secretary William Hague hinted that he would ask his parliament later this week to recognize it.

“I hope this meeting here today will give a boost to that opposition, to the coalition, and will appreciate that they have made a big step forward,” Hague said on his way into the meeting in Brussels. “I will speak about the question of recognition when I talk to the House of Commons later this week.”

Ministers also are scheduled to discuss how to provide military assistance to the West African force that is scheduled to help Mali’s tenuous government wrest control of the country’s vast north that was seized by al-Qaida-linked fighters more than six months ago.

Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, has agreed to send about 3,300 troops to reinforce the 5,000 Malian government troops. The U.S. and EU could provide logistics and air support for the operation.


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 Nov 19, 2012 at 08:35 AM Upset Says:

The entire world has gone into a panic over the escalating Palistinian death toll. Where were these anti-semities when for the past few years Israelis were being bombed everyday? Where were they when 36,000 Syrians were being killed? These hypocrits are disgusting! They want to intercede now because they don't want the Israelis to defend themselves and they want to save Hamas so Hamas can continue to harrass Israel in the future. These dimplomats in fancy suits are murderers just like Hamas. No one should be fooled to think that the EU wants to make peace. They want to save our enemies so that we will continue to suffer. These anti-semities are only interested in saving our enemies.

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 08:57 AM ChachoMoe Says:

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Upset Says:

The entire world has gone into a panic over the escalating Palistinian death toll. Where were these anti-semities when for the past few years Israelis were being bombed everyday? Where were they when 36,000 Syrians were being killed? These hypocrits are disgusting! They want to intercede now because they don't want the Israelis to defend themselves and they want to save Hamas so Hamas can continue to harrass Israel in the future. These dimplomats in fancy suits are murderers just like Hamas. No one should be fooled to think that the EU wants to make peace. They want to save our enemies so that we will continue to suffer. These anti-semities are only interested in saving our enemies.

Agreed! The very fact that these terrorists have been able to collect thousands of these weapons of mass destructions (note: and while their people are starving, and despite the 'blockades' they so often complain) speaks volumes on its own. It seems like Israel has no other choice other than to enter and to do the long overdue extermenation job; they have to rid of every weapon in site and beyond site, in order to enable its citizens to live, a total 'cleanup' has to be implemented, and that can only be achieved by a massive ground offense.

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM MTL Says:

Let them live in Sderot for a few weeks, THEN express their concerns!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:18 AM Peter Says:

Reply to #1  
Upset Says:

The entire world has gone into a panic over the escalating Palistinian death toll. Where were these anti-semities when for the past few years Israelis were being bombed everyday? Where were they when 36,000 Syrians were being killed? These hypocrits are disgusting! They want to intercede now because they don't want the Israelis to defend themselves and they want to save Hamas so Hamas can continue to harrass Israel in the future. These dimplomats in fancy suits are murderers just like Hamas. No one should be fooled to think that the EU wants to make peace. They want to save our enemies so that we will continue to suffer. These anti-semities are only interested in saving our enemies.

I agree. Well said.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 07:19 AM Peter Says:

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MTL Says:

Let them live in Sderot for a few weeks, THEN express their concerns!

So true.

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