Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the current developments in the Palestine Territory

"I remain extremely concerned especially about the situation in Gaza. The violence has to stop.

We are analysing the situation after the decision of President Mahmud Abbas to dissolve the government and to declare the state of emergency. I will discuss the matter with other Quartet members during the course of the day.

I urge all parties to restrain from violence and to spare civilians. I call on President Abbas, the legitimate President of all Palestinians, to make his utmost to resolve the situation through dialogue and to work towards national unity and reconciliation.

And as we said in the past, we will not let the Palestinians down. We aim to continue our humanitarian assistance which is provided either through the TIM or through the direct delivery of food, water and medicine to both the West Bank and Gaza."

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