The European Council condemns the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.

Full text of European Council conclusions on external relations (Ukraine and Gaza) July 16th 2014.

Ukraine
The European Council condemns the continuation of illegal activities by armed militants in Eastern Ukraine. The European Council urges the Russian Federation to actively use its influence over the illegally armed groups and to stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border, in order to achieve a rapid deescalation.

European Council invites the Commission to re-assess EU-Russia cooperation programmes also expects the International Financial Institutions to refrain from financing any projects that explicitly or implicitly recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Gaza:

The European Council is following with great concern the continued violence in Israel and Gaza. The European Council condemns the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. Israel has the right to protect its population from this kind of attacks.

The European Union stands ready to provide the necessary support to this end and calls on both sides to de-escalate the situation, to end the violence, to end the suffering of the civilian populations notably by allowing access to humanitarian assistance, and return to calm.

European Council welcomes on-going efforts by regional partners, and in particular the initiative launched by Egypt, to establish a cease-fire and calls on Hamas to agree on such cease-fire.

Israelis and Palestinians need to make the strategic choice of peace in order to allow their future generations to live lives freed from past conflicts and to enjoy the stability, security and prosperity which they are currently being denied.

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