Brussels, 18 May 2004 Press release

Ferrero-Waldner condemns Israeli operations in Gaza


"Unacceptable action must be ended immediately"

Brussels, 18 May 2004 - On the margins of the Council of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels today Minister for Foreign Affairs Benita Ferrero-Waldner emphatically condemned Israel's latest operations in Gaza. "The demolition of the houses is inadmissible and contravenes the Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East. Together with my EU colleagues, I yesterday condemned the destruction of Palestinian homes in Gaza as disproportionate and as a violation of international law. The EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, is in contact with the USA and the Palestinian and Israeli leaders to see what can be done. This unacceptable action must be ended immediately", said Ferrero-Waldner.