Foreign Ministers of the European Union called yesterday for an immediate end to hostilities, followed by a general ceasefire.
The ministers published a softened statement due to the objection of ministers from Britain, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. According to the original statement proposed by ministers of France, Sweden, Spain, and Greece, the ministers were supposed to call for an immediate ceasefire. Ultimately, they decided to call for an end of hostilities without specifying a timeframe.
The ministers expressed their deep concerns for the human suffering and the victims on the Lebanese and Israeli sides. They condemned Hizballah’s missile attacks against Israel and the death of innocent women and children in Israeli air strikes on Kfar Qana. They also condemned the killing of four UN observers in southern Lebanon.
“The Foreign Ministers are condemning the deaths of innocent civilians. All sides need to do everything in order to protect the civilian population and avoid actions which are in violation of international humanitarian law,” the statement read, aiming the call to both sides.