EU foreign ministers to meet on Gaza crisis
PARIS (AFP) — European Union foreign ministers were set to hold an urgent meeting on Tuesday in Paris on the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, the French foreign ministry announced.
"The ministers will look into how the European Union can help ease the current crisis, along with the efforts of the international community, especially the secretary general of the United Nations," the ministry's statement said.
The meeting was set to take place at 1730 GMT Tuesday and be chaired by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner...
Romain Nadal, a spokesman for the French foreign ministry, said Monday that France and other EU countries were ready to increase humanitarian aid to Gaza , although reestablishing a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas remained a top priority.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy held conversations Monday with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak to look for solutions to end the violence in Gaza, a statement from the French EU presidency said.
Diplomats told AFP that EU members are considering a number of options to resolve the crisis, including renewing its observation mission in Rafah, a town that lies on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. The mission, if accepted by both sides, could potentially allow for the easing of restrictions on checkpoints across the Palestinian territories... Read full article: EU foreign ministers to meet on Gaza crisis, Gulf leaders tell Israel to end
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