Potsdam: Concerned over humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza, the Foreign Ministers of the G8 nations have called upon the Palestinian leaders to end internal violence and resume dialogue.
At the same time, the leaders asked Israel to release the Palestinian legislatures it has arrested and to immediately resume the transfer of withheld Palestinian tax and custom revenues.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministers of the US, Canada, Japan, France, the UK, Italy, Germany and Russia said they encouraged Egypt and Saudi Arabia to continue their efforts to reconcile the Palestinian factions. The statement was released at the conclusion of their two-day meeting in Potsdam last evening.
The leaders also reiterated their firm commitment to continue providing assistance to the Palestinian people and to strengthen Palestinian institutions.
The leaders agreed that movement and access are essential and in this regard called on both parties to fully implement the Movement and Access Agreement of 15 November 2005.
The G8 Foreign Ministers called upon the government of the Palestinian Authority to commit fully to the principle of non-violence, recognise the right of Israel to exist and to accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements consistent with the Middle East Quartet statements.
They also reiterated their call on the government of the Palestinian Authority to bring violence to an end and to take immediate measures to release the abducted Israeli soldier.