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13 November 2006
PE 381.841v01-00
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Roberta Angelilli, Konrad Szymański and Inese Vaidere
on behalf of the UEN Group
on the situation in the Gaza Strip

European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Gaza Strip 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in the Middle East, in particular its resolution of 1 June 2006 on the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories and the role of the EU,(1)

–  having regard to the Geneva Conventions on international humanitarian law,

–  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to all relevant international human rights instruments,

–  having regard to the United Nations Charter,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas a large number of rockets have been fired into Israel by Palestinian militants during the past weeks,

B.  whereas the Israeli military operation carried out on 7 November in Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip has resulted in the deaths of 18 people, mostly civilians,

C.  taking note of Prime Minister Olmert’s statement, which expresses sorrow for the victims and describes the Beit Hanun bombing as the result of a technical mistake, and regarding his offer to President Abbas of fresh talks as a positive step,

D.  whereas living conditions in Beit Hanun town have deteriorated rapidly since the escalation of the military actions, and whereas it is now without electricity and drinking water,

E.  whereas the Middle East peace process is in political and diplomatic deadlock, although a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is needed for the establishment of peace and security in the whole region,

1.  Expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of the recent bombing in Beit Hanun; states that this killing of children, women and civilians is unjustified; notes that Israel has the right to defend itself; reiterates, however, its reminder to all parties of their obligation under international humanitarian law to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties and protect civilian lives in armed conflict;

2.  Calls on the Palestinian leadership to put an end to the firing of rockets into Israel, and on all Palestinian armed groups to maintain a ceasefire and to refrain from further escalation, this being an essential element for the establishment of true dialogue;

3.  Stresses that it is crucial for all parties to exercise the utmost restraint and to limit themselves to actions that are proportionate and in accordance with international law;

4.  Is seriously concerned about the deteriorating situation of the population and civilian infrastructure in Gaza, which involves damage to public facilities and private homes, the destruction of agricultural land, the disruption of hospitals, clinics and schools, and denial of access to adequate electricity, water and food;

5.  Expresses its serious concern at the extension and intensity of the military action in the Gaza Strip, which is fanning the spiral of violence and leading to an indefinite postponement of possible peaceful coexistence;

6.  Calls on the Council and the Commission to continue to guarantee, together with the international community, essential humanitarian aid for the Palestinian population;

7.  Calls on the Commission and the Member States to deliver extra medical aid to the hospitals in Gaza;

8.  Calls for an immediate end to all violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the solution is the negotiation of a viable two-state solution, and all parties have a duty to do their best to revive a credible peace process, in accordance with international law, and to avoid further tragedies caused by military action;

9.  Expresses its hope that the political forces engaged in the new Palestinian Government will be able to resume dialogue and succeed in their efforts to achieve reconciliation and a peaceful solution to the current tensions;

10.  Stresses again the need to bring the Middle East peace process back to the top of the international political agenda; calls on the Quartet (UN, EU, USA and Russia) to revive the implementation of the Roadmap; reaffirms that the two-state solution, with an Israeli state and a Palestinian state coexisting in peace and security, is a key condition for a peaceful and lasting settlement in the Middle East;

11.  Regrets the fact that the UN Security Council has failed to adopt any resolution on the subject or to attempt to restore peace to the region;

12.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN General Assembly, the governments and parliaments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority and of Syria, Iran, the USA and Russia, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.

(1) Texts adopted, P6_TA(2006)0237.

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