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05 April, 2002
A majority of ruling PASOK's Parliament deputies sent a letter to the European Parliament president and the presidents of EU states' national parliaments expressing their "abhorrence and concern" over the "bloodbath" in the Middle East, as they said.
The letter, signed by 108 PASOK MPs, expresses "abhorrence and concern over the bloodbath in the Middle East and (Palestinian) President Yasser Arafat's being held hostage by the Israeli army".
The MPs further accused the Israeli government of "contempt of international legality, UN Security Council resolutions, and appeals of the European Union and many governments".
The letter calls on the United States, the EU and other international organizations to undertake coordinated efforts, and diplomatic and political initiatives to protect Arafat's life and for the immediate restoration of peace in the region.
"The appeals and wishes are not sufficient, and it is time for the assumption of initiatives and the coordination of the necessary actions for an immediate truce, immediate cessation of the deadly attacks by both sides, and the restoration of peace in the Middle East," the letter states.
Source: Athens News Agency