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EU: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict "top priority"

Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, told the European Parliament today that the fight against terrorism must include efforts to find a solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. “The success of our strategy to combat international terrorism depends on peace in the Middle East,” Prodi said. He warned that force alone would not defeat terrorism. “Governments must forge a political strategy to understand and resolve the underlying causes of terrorism,” he said. 

EU won't recognize any change to pre-1967 borders

The European Union warned Israel today they will not recognize any change in the pre-1967 borders made unilaterally or resulting from the construction of the Separation Barrier. Leaders of the European Union met in Brussels on 25 and 26 March. The Council expressed its deep concern at the situation in the Middle East and the deepening of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following in particular the extra-judicial killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The Council stated: “The European Union will not recognise any change to the pre-1967 borders other than those arrived at by agreement between the parties.” 

EU raises pressure on Israel

After the fourth meeting of the Association Council, the European Union issued a statement, saying its wants Israel to halt the construction of its wall through the West Bank. This statement was issued by the European Union on the fourth meeting of the Association Council EU-Israel, held in Brussels, 17-18 November 2003. The EU is deeply concerned by the situation in the region and has noted that, despite support given by the international community to the quest for a just and lasting solution, insufficient effort has been made by the concerned parties.