L. American countries condemn Israeli attack on humanitarian ship

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Latin American countries on Tuesday strongly condemned Israeli forces' attack on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla on Monday.

In a speech at a Volkswagen factory in Sao Paulo state, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva condemned the attack and reaffirmed his belief in dialogues instead of military actions.

"Dialogue is the best way to solve conflicts, not shooting like Israel shot yesterday on a boat carrying food to the Gaza Strip," Lula said.

The president said the information he had so far was that the flotilla was in international waters, and therefore, "Israel had no right to do what it did." Lula stressed he was awaiting further information on the incident.

"I am sincerely convinced that it is not the use of weapons which will guarantee peace," he said. "I think the leaders need to learn to talk more."

Cuban Foreign Ministry said the Cuban government was deeply concerned about the action of the Israeli army's special forces.

The ministry called on the international community and peaceloving people to demand an "immediate lifting of the illegal, ruthless and genocidal blockade" against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

"Cuba sends also to the families of the victims its deepest condolences," it said.

The Peruvian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "based on the principles and norms of the international law, Peru disapproves the use of force and calls for an exhaustive investigation of the event."

Peru urged the parties involved to restore dialogue and negotiations in order to reach permanent peace in the Middle East.

Peru also urged the Israeli government to allow the free transit of humanitarian aid to Gaza, according to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1860.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said during an interview with local radio station Radio Quito that "we reject all violent acts and criticize double international moral standards."


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