France Called on to Protect Holy Sites after Jerusalem Violence

Published October 1st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The leader of the France-Palestine group in the French Senate (upper house) called on French President Jacques Chirac Saturday to ask the European Union (EU) to consider measures to protect Jerusalem's holy sites. 

His request came after violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the mosque compound in the heart of east Jerusalem's old city, known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Palestinians as the Haram al-Sharif. 

Daniel Goulet, president of the France-Palestine group, said in a statement that in view of the "intolerable" situation, Chirac should express France's viewpoint by proposing to the European Union "concerted measures to protect security at holy sites." 

France currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU. 

Goulet said he had sent a telegram to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, condemning what he called the "provocation" of Likoud leader Ariel Sharon. 

The clashes in the mosque compound began on Thursday shortly after a controversial visit to the site by Sharon – PARIS (AFP) 


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