EU diplomacy chief urges Isarel not to "recolonize" Gaza

AFP , Ahram Online , Monday 27 Nov 2023

The EU's top foreign policy official Josep Borrell called ​for Israel not to "recolonize" Gaza, saying both Palestinians and Israelis had an "equal and legitimate right to the same land", Reuters reports.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, November, 2023. AFP


He added that a Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza was the "best guarantee" for "Israel's security and peace".

Borrell also called for an extension of the truce in the Gaza Strip, which entered its final 24 hours on Monday.

"The pause should be extended to make it sustainable and long-lasting while working for a political solution," he said on Monday in Barcelona, at the start of a meeting of the intergovernmental organisation Union for the Mediterranean gathering Arab and EU countries.

Borrell called for a "political solution that should allow us to break the cycle of violence once and for all".

During the meeting, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riad al-Malki said the pause in fighting in Gaza must be extended to avoid more deaths in the Strip.

“The truce went into effect with 15,000 deaths. If we see the war resume, then the number of deaths will double because the concentration of the population is now twicefold,” al-Malki said.

“We have worked so that this truce continues … so that Israel does not continue attacking,” he added.

Israel has faced mounting pressure to extend the pause mediated by Qatar, Egypt and the United States, though its leaders have dismissed any suggestions of a lasting halt to the offensive.

Hamas has signaled its willingness to extend the truce, in a statement released on Sunday night

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