EU Calls on All Sides to Relieve Tension

BRUSSELS, October 8, 2015 (WAFA) – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, called upon the Palestinian and Israeli sides to promote calm, encourage restraint and avoid actions that further fuel tensions.

“It is now vital that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas show leadership to promote calm, encourage restraint and avoid actions which further fuel tensions, Mogherini said in a statement.

She said the cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to de-escalate the situation and to restore order was “crucially important”.

Mogherini called on Israel to conduct a thorough investigation on the circumstances, which have led to the death of Palestinians “at the hand of Israeli Security Forces”.

She also stressed EU’s position that “the status quo on the holy sites must not be altered.”

“The way to tackle the violence and unrest is for both sides to move quickly to restart a credible political process. The immediate priority is for the parties to agree on substantial steps which improve the situation on the ground and build a path back to final status negotiations.”

She concluded: “Ultimately, a negotiated two state solution is the only way to bring the lasting peace and security that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve.”