Sommaire: EU Presidency Statement on the recent developments in Israel and Lebanon. CFSP (Common Foreign Security Policy) statement, General Affairs and External Relations (Brussels: 13 July 2006)
The Presidency of the European Union is greatly concerned about the disproportionate use of force by Israel in Lebanon in response to attacks by Hezbollah on Israel. The Presidency deplores the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. The imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified. Actions, which are contrary to international humanitarian law, can only aggravate the vicious circle of violence and retribution, and cannot serve anyone's
legitimate security interests.
The Presidency urges Hezbollah to release the captured Israeli soldiers immediately and unconditionally, and to cease all attacks on Israel. The Presidency also calls on the government of Lebanon to do its utmost to prevent such attacks.
The Presidency urges all countries in the region to work for the restoration of calm in order to avoid the further escalation of the situation into war.