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Cyprus concerned over serious escalation of situation in Gaza

A wounded demonstrator is evacuated during a protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border

The Republic of Cyprus maintains the position that the final status of Jerusalem is to be determined through negotiations, noting that it is concerned over the serious escalation of the situation in Gaza and that further loss of life must be avoided.

“The Republic of Cyprus is concerned with today’s serious escalation of the situation in Gaza resulting in dozens of Palestinians killed and hundreds injured. Further loss of life must be avoided and we call on all to demonstrate utmost restraint,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

It notes that “what the entire world is witnessing puts into even sharper focus the imperative need for the two sides to resume negotiations for a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the framework of the two-state solution, which will be to the benefit of Palestinians and Israelis and will contribute significantly towards peace and security for the whole region.”

“Cyprus maintains the position that the final status of Jerusalem, the holy city for the three monotheistic faiths; Christianity, Islam and Judaism, is to be determined through negotiations,” the press statement concludes.

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