Solana calls for force to monitor Gaza ceasefirePDFPrintE-mail
Written by Chris Perver  
Monday, 27 November 2006 17:00
This link from my friend Adam...

Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, has called for an international force to be deployed in Gaza to monitor the ceasefire that was brokered on Sunday morning. Already around 13,000 Palestinian police are patrolling the border, but despite this Palestinians terrorists have managed to fire more rockets at Israeli towns. European politicians have already been calling for a force to be deployed in Gaza in order to enforce peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, but now that a ceasefire is in place the prospect of this happening much more likely.

Quote: "( European Union (EU) Foreign Minister Javier Solana on Monday called for the establishment of an international entity to safeguard the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the PA (Palestinian Authority). Solana spoke of establishing a mechanism to ensure the continuation of the ceasefire, calling for intense involvement of the Quartet forum.

Solana hopes that the ceasefire and prisoner exchange will soon lead to the creation of a Palestinian unity government, and one with which Israel can broker a regional peace agreement. It seems Solana is in the perfect position to confirm Prime Minister Olmert's long awaited "covenant of peace"...

Quote: "Solana said he had discussed the Gaza ceasefire with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and it appeared to be holding. "If that is the case, then I think we are in a new good moment," he told Reuters. "Let's hope we can get as much as possible from the ceasefire, then the release of prisoners, then a meeting of (Israeli Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert and (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas. "If the ceasefire is maintained...that is a very important achievement and I hope it will make possible to open a new page, and talks between the two sides will take place and Abu Mazen (Abbas) will manage to get a new government."

Source Arutz 7, Reuters