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Brussels, 25 February 2008

6879/08 (Presse 52)

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on
recent anti-Israeli statements

The EU condemns in the strongest terms the statements made by the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, the Speaker of the Iranian Majlis Haddad Adel, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki, and the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Jafari. Their comments pointed against Israel are unacceptable, damaging and uncivilised. The EU calls on Iran to stop hostile rhetoric and refrain from all threats towards other states, members of the international community.

The EU calls again on the Iranian leadership to support the need for a two-state solution to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict and to the search for lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.

The Candidate Countries Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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