Britain concerned about violence in West Bank, Gaza 4May13 May 4, 2013

Palestine News Network    -    1 May 2013

burtt_340_220On Wednesday 1st May, Britain expressed concern about the recent series of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The British Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, said in a statement “I am very concerned about recent developments in both the West Bank and Gaza,” he continued, “At this critical time for the two-state solution, we need dialogue, not violence.”

He added, “I am deeply concerned by breaches of the November ceasefire agreement in Gaza. I condemn the recent rocket attacks. These attacks and subsequent airstrikes highlight the risks of a return to violence.”

Burt called on “all parties to avoid further escalation, to adhere strictly to the terms of the ceasefire agreement and to continue to take advantage of Egyptian-brokered talks to deal with key issues including weapons smuggling and lifting restrictions on movement and access to relieve the suffering of the people of Gaza.”

“I also condemn the killing of an Israeli settler in the West Bank, the first such death since 2011, and am deeply concerned by the recent spate of violent attacks by extremist settlers against Palestinians and Palestinian property. Such incidents have the potential to feed off each other and undermine efforts to seek peace and security,” He said

Burt asserted that Britain considers 2013, a vital year for peace in the Middle East and that Britain will continue with its efforts to ensure that the aspirations for peace of both the Palestinians and Israelis are met.

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