FM Fajon urges humanitarian ceasefire in Middle East

Luxembourg, 23 October - Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon has urged a humanitarian ceasefire in the Middle East to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinians. As she arrived at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, Fajon also stressed that efforts should be made to prevent the conflict from spreading through the region.

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Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon.
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"We're deeply concerned over the humanitarian crisis in Palestine. We're following with great concern the closure of hospitals, shortage of water and shortage of food. We are calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, for opening humanitarian corridors and supplying civilians with humanitarian aid," said Fajon.

The minister believes that such a ceasefire could reduce the risk of the conflict spreading through the region.

"We must act in line with international law, humanitarian law and do everything for the conflict not to spread. So we are calling on everyone to refrain from further violence and from killing innocent civilians."

Fajon stressed that Slovenia supports Israel's right to self-defence, where the country must act in a proportionate manner, as a determined military attack could have serious consequences and cause numerous civilian casualties.

At the same time, Slovenia supports all efforts for peace in the Middle East that would be based on a two-state solution, Fajon also said.

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