EU strongly condemns attack in Middle East

20:43, September 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief on Tuesday strongly condemned a terrorist attack that has killed four Israelis near the West Bank city of Hebron.

"With this unacceptable attack, the enemies of peace have tried to derail the Middle East peace talks," Catherine Ashton, high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said in a statement. "But we are determined not to let these enemies of peace have their way."

Ashton called upon the parties of the talks, scheduled to be held on Thursday in Washington, to engage with determination in the negotiations.

"It is imperative that both parties keep calm and exercise restraint even through difficult times to make progress towards a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region," she said.

The EU remains committed, along with its partners in the Quartet as well as Arab countries, to support successful negotiations, which are in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians, the peoples of the region and the international community.

The Quartet groups the EU, the United States, the United Nations and Russia.

"This attack underlines the urgency of a two-state solution with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with each other and their neighbors," the statement concluded.

The armed wing of the Islamic Hamas movement, which opposes peace talks with Israel, has claimed responsibility for the shooting attack near a Jewish settlement in Hebron.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Players of Iran throw up their coach Velasco Julio during the awarding ceremony at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, capital of Iran, Sept. 29, 2011. Iran won the champion after beating China 3-1 in the final on Thursday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • Greek artists burn copies of emergency tax notices during a protest against austerity measures in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Greek government is facing a new wave of protests as it introduces new austerity measures to obtain the sixth tranche of aids necessary to overcome the acute debt crisis.(Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
  • A winner of the 36th Miss Bikini International 2011 poses for a photo at the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, a coastal city of east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
  • Staff members are in position at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • Champion of Miss Bikini from Poland receives trophy at the final of the 36th Miss Bikini International World Competition in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 28, 2011 shows autumn scenery of populus euphratica forests in Ejina Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia. The populus euphratica forests here, with an area of 390,000 mu, or 26,000 hectares, is one of the world's most famous populus euphratica forests. The golden leaves and sunshines here in autumn is able to attract more than 100,000 person-times annually. (Xinhua/Zhao Tingting)
Hot Forum Discussion