Solana says EU, Turkey want ceasefire in Gaza as soon as possible

Solana said Turkey has been playing a constructive role in regard to the situation in Gaza.

Solana says EU, Turkey want ceasefire in Gaza as soon as possible

Javier Solana, high representative of the EU for the common foreign and security policy, said on Thursday EU hoped that truce would be secured in Gaza as quickly as possible.

Solana held a press conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

He told reporters that his visit to Ankara aimed to underline the importance of Turkey in solution of dramatic crisis in Gaza and to discuss what could be done for a truce there.

Egypt and French President Nicolas Sarkozy --on behalf of the EU-- made some initiatives in regard to Gaza and several countries and Israel "welcomed" these initiatives, he said.

Solana said his talks in Ankara were fruitful and EU and Turkish government were on the same frequency in regard to the matter.

Solana said he would like to thank Turkish government for its stance on developments in Gaza, he said. EU and the Turkish government had the same view that a cease-fire must be secured in Gaza as soon as possible, Solana said.

Replying to a question whether EU had an emergency plan if a truce would be declared, Solana said they were ready to extend any kind of assistance to the region if truce would be secured there.

Answering another question, Solana said Turkey has been playing a constructive role in regard to the situation in Gaza.

On Thursday Solana was received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.


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