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Minister Fajon: 'We are witnessing a crisis of humanity in Gaza. It is high time for a humanitarian ceasefire"

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon took part in the regular meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which focused on the situation in Israel and the region. We are witnessing a crisis of humanity and a crisis of world order. It is therefore high time for an immediate humanitarian pause to the hostilities in Gaza and the establishment of humanitarian corridors," the Minister said.

Commenting on the situation in Israel and the region, Minister Fajon said: "I strongly condemn the attacks on hospitals, civilians and children. These are gross violations of international humanitarian law. We must send a united and strong political message as a Union. It is not enough to increase funding for humanitarian aid if it does not arrive and does not reach the people. We must achieve a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and ensure that aid reaches the people. This is where our values are being put to the test”. She added that we need to start talking about how we can calm the situation so that the conflict in the region does not escalate. "I would like to see us return to serious and committed discussions about a two-state solution, including the recognition of Palestine," she explained. "We must also take action when it comes to the future of the political architecture in Gaza. A long-term solution to the conflict and a sustainable peace are based on two states. Dialogue is the only way forward," she said in a part of the debate that focused on the post-war period.

"In the debate on Russian aggression against Ukraine, Minister Fajon expressed Slovenia's continued support for Ukraine, including on its path to the EU, as well as for the peace formula and cooperation with global partners. She also emphasised support for the OSCE and its role in the European security architecture. The ministers were also addressed by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, who outlined the current situation in Ukraine and the activities of Ukrainian President Zelenskiy regarding the peace formula. Minister Fajon also supported the European perspective of Moldova and Georgia and welcomed the recommendations presented by the European Commission last week. She stressed that negotiations must run in parallel with the reform process and that "the Western Balkan countries must not be neglected in the EU enlargement process".

Ministers also discussed Armenia and Azerbaijan, focusing on ensuring the territorial integrity of both countries, unimpeded humanitarian assistance, transparency and international access to Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the need for dialogue between the two sides. The Minister called on both sides to refrain from the use of force and to respect their international legal obligations, including respect for the human rights of the Armenian population of Karabakh. Dialogue on the normalisation of relations must be resumed and humanitarian access guaranteed. She announced Slovenia's contribution to the humanitarian assistance to Armenia.

Minister Fajon will also participate in the EU-Western Balkans ministerial meeting to discuss the prospects for enhanced cooperation between the EU and the region.