Mercosur condemns “disproportionate use of force” in Gaza; calls for immediate cease fire
Mercosur condemned the “disproportionate use of force” in Gaza and called on Israel and Palestinians for an immediate cease fire of the conflict that has already left al least forty people killed, mostly civilians.
In the release Mercosur leaders expressed their “strongest condemnation of the violence unleashed between Israel and Palestine” and “deeply regret the loss of lives and expresses its concern with the disproportionate use of force” said the text released by the Brazilian government.
They call on both sides “to an immediate end to violence and to the UN Security Council to fully assume its responsibilities. The path for overcoming the current crisis is through diplomacy and dialogue”, continues the text.
Mercosur members, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela and Paraguay (suspended) recognized the State of Palestine and last December signed a free trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Mercosur signed a similar agreement with Israel in 2007.
The South American block also expressed “its support to the request from the State of Palestine to obtain status of UN Observer member”.
The intense air bombardments by Israel on Gaza on Saturday killed at least ten people and destroyed the headquarters of the Hamas government.
Since the launching by Israel last Wednesday of the military operation “Defence Pillar” 43 people have been killed (40 Palestinians and 3 Israelis) and another 400, mostly Palestinians have been injured.