03 March, 2008
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, commenting on Sunday on the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, called for an immediate ceasefire and stressed that the only hope for peace is the path of dialogue and diplomacy.
"I am extremely concerned over the dramatic escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip that has such a great cost in human lives. Logics and practices of collective punishment are inconceivable. We condemn them categorically. Peace and security are not achieved with mass military force nor with rocket attacks and other terrorist acts," she said in her relative statement.
"Together with our partners in the European Union, we call for an immediate ceasefire in every act of violence and for self-restraint. The only hope for peace is the path of dialogue and diplomacy in the framework of the effort that began in Annapolis last November. It would be a mistake to abandon this path," Bakoyannis concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency