Only dialogue can end violence in Gaza, says France

Israel – Palestinian Territories/situation in the Gaza Strip – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 7 April 2018

The crackdown on demonstrators in the Gaza Strip has once again caused the deaths of nine people and injured several hundred others. France reiterates its disapproval of the Israeli army’s indiscriminate shooting. Full light must be shed on these serious events.

France calls on the authorities concerned to show the utmost restraint, and emphasizes that the use of force must be proportionate, in accordance with international humanitarian law, in order to avoid further casualties.

Only a lifting of the restrictions imposed on Gaza, with the necessary safeguards for Israel, will allow the humanitarian crisis to be addressed and an escalation of tension to be prevented.

Beyond this, France remains convinced that the violence can be ended only through the resumption of genuine dialogue, with a view to finally implementing a political solution enabling two states, Israel and Palestine, to live side by side in peace and security./.

Israel – Palestinian Territories/situation in Gaza – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 1 April 2018

France expresses its utmost concern in the light of the serious incidents that have occurred in the Gaza Strip in recent days.

With at least 15 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since the beginning of the demonstrations, France calls upon the Israeli authorities to respect their duty to protect civilians and asks them to exercise the greatest restraint.

France also underlines the right of the Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully.

It is essential for the Israelis and Palestinians to put an end to the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. That requires the end of the blockade and the lifting of restrictive measures, as well as credible security guarantees for Israel.

France further recalls the urgency of a resumption of serious negotiations with a view to implementing the two-state solution, the only option capable of ensuring peaceful coexistence and stability./.

Published on 13/04/2018

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