French Foreign Minister Accuses Israel's Likud Leader of Prompting Violence
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine accused Israeli right-wing leader Ariel Sharon on Monday of deliberately sparking the outbreak of violence Israeli-Palestinian which has left nearly 40 people dead in the past four days.
Vedrine "condemns without reserve the deliberate provocation by Ariel Sharon, undertaken for domestic political reasons at a highly sensitive moment in the peace process," a statement from the foreign ministry said.
"I deplore the violence which has resulted. I call on the two sides to show their sense of responsibility, to stop the spiral of violence and to intensify their efforts for peace," the statement said.
Sharon staged a visit on Thursday to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem - PARIS (AFP)
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