BRUSSELS (Jun. 3)
The European Community has condemned the attempted terrorist attacks on crowded Israeli beaches May 30 and at the same time called for U.N. intervention in the Israeli-administered territories.
A statement issued here Saturday on behalf of the E.C.’s 12 member states called the status quo in the territories “not sustainable.”
It added that the “United Nations can and should play a useful role in the present situation, particularly in relation to the protection of the population.”
The statement added that the 12 nations “condemn without reservation all such acts, and they repeat their appeal for calm and restraint.”
The E.C. statement said the E.C. “member states are resolved to step up their support for the observance of the human rights of the population of the occupied territories and have already commenced activities in this respect.”
In Israel, Avi Pazner, chief adviser to acting Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, expressed Israel’s disappointment with the E.C. statement.
Pazner criticized the E.C. for failing to be evenhanded, particularly in not addressing the harsh anti-Israel threats made last week during the Arab summit in Baghdad.