Monday, October 31, 2005

France gives Israel and Palastine a verbal slap

PARIS, Oct 28 (KUNA) -- Amid growing concern with the resumption of suicide attacks and retaliatory murders between Palestinians and Israelis, France called Friday on both sides to be careful not to succumb to the temptation of violence and to do everything to stop it.

"After the odious attack committed Wednesday in Israel (when five were killed in a bombing), everything must be put in place to put an end to the escalation in the violence which is taking root again today," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said Friday.

"In this context," he added "we recall that the practice of targeted assassinations is contrary to international law," a blunt reminder to Israel that the murder of Palestinian militants, and often nearby innocent bystanders, is not helping the situation.

And France sought to steer a narrow path between the two sides and deal with equanimity regarding their concerns, echoing an Israeli call for better Palestinian control of militants and for the Palestinian authorities to get "control of radical groups and put an end to terrorist activities." (end)

Spot on france , they are BOTH well out of order , I often wonder if either side really want peace


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