EU, Jordan Call for International Efforts to End Mideast Crisis

Jordan and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday stressed that the world community should spare no efforts to prevent the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

The appeal was made during a meeting between Jordanian King Abdullah Bin Hussein and visiting EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported.

During the meeting, both leaders urged Israel and the Palestinians to implement recommendations of the Mitchell report, which they termed as the only effective means of ending the 11 months of violence between the two sides, Petra said.

The report, released in May by an international fact-finding committee led by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians and confidence-building measures before the resumption of peace talks.

Abdullah said that peace talks are the only way of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the use of force will pose a threat to the interests of all concerned parties in the region.

A just, durable and comprehensive peace can be achieved in the region only on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions, and by implementing the signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, he added.

Solana briefed Abdullah on the outcome of his visits to Israel and the Palestinian self-rule areas during the past two days and his talks with leaders of both sides, Petra said.

Solana arrived in Jordan Tuesday evening on the third leg of a regional tour to calm down the rising tensions between Israel and Palestinians.

He is expected to travel on to Egypt for talks with President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday.

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