The European Union this Friday applauded the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to end the 11-day conflict in Gaza and asked for contacts to be re-established to find a political solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
“The EU welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire that will end violence in and around Gaza. We commend Egypt, Qatar, the United Nations, the United States and other actors who facilitated this agreement,” said the EU High Representative for the Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, in a statement.
In it, he deplored the loss of life during the spiral of violence in Gaza over the past 11 days, clashes in which 230 Palestinians were killed, including 65 children.
For this reason, the Head of European Diplomacy has stressed that the situation is “unsustainable” and requires a political solution that provides “sustainable peace” to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. To this end, he has advocated “restoring a political horizon” and reactivating the process of promoting the two-state solution.
“The EU stands ready to assist the Israeli and Palestinian authorities in these efforts,” stressed Borrell, stressing that European diplomacy is renewing contacts with key international actors, including Washington, in order to move in this direction.
Likewise, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who, in addition to the celebration of the end of hostilities, asked for “the long-term consolidation and stabilization of the situation”. “Only a political solution will bring lasting peace and security,” he said in a message on Twitter.
For his part, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has claimed “to seize the opportunity” to achieve peace and security for the citizens of the region after the eleven days of conflict.