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Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy welcome the proclamation of Gaza ceasefire

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"We welcome wholeheartedly the cease-fire that has just been proclaimed in Gaza and that was being strongly called for by the European Union and the international community," said the Presidents in a joint statement on Wednesday evening.

"It is now crucial to ensure its implementation and to prevent the restart of violence. The events of the last days stress the urgent need to move towards a two-state solution allowing both sides to live side-by-side in peace and security. The European Union remains determined to continue working to assist in achieving this goal," they continued.

They also reiterated their deep sorrow for the loss of lives on both sides and conveyed their condolences to the bereaved families.

Read more about President Barroso's recent visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory in July 2012