Czech foreign minister says ceasefire in Gaza may take a few days to arrange

06-01-2009

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg who is leading an EU fact-finding mission to the Middle-East says a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip may take a few days to arrange. Mr. Schwarzenberg said that on Monday he had managed to speak with all parties involved and that things were slowly being set in motion, though he said a ceasefire should not be expected “today or tomorrow”. He said at the start of the mission that his immediate priorities were to arrange a ceasefire and get humanitarian aid into Gaza. Mr. Schwarzenberg is accompanied by the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner. Meanwhile, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is on a separate mission in the Middle East and has been holding talks with leaders in Egypt, Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank in a bid to secure a peace deal.