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Belgium's Foreign Ministry: "Israel must stop its settlement activities that are in conflict with humanitarian law."

Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilms said that Belgium has repeatedly called on Israel to stop its settlement activities, demolitions and expulsions that contradict international humanitarian law, and clearly jeopardize the possibility of a two-state solution.

According to the Palestinian News Agency, in response to oral questions posed by a number of deputies, during a plenary session of the Belgian Federal Parliament, today, Friday, the escalation of tensions is dragging the region into a new spiral of violence, calling for respecting the status quo of the holy sites.

On the situation in the Gaza Strip, she stressed that "the Israeli attack caused civilian casualties, especially children, which we cannot accept," adding, "Peace and security can only be achieved through negotiations."

She pointed out that "the urgent priority is to support all bilateral and multilateral diplomatic initiatives aimed at putting an end to the current escalation, as the situation is being discussed in the Security Council in New York and we hope that a firm official statement from the members will follow."

She touched upon her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian ambassador, and a group of Arab ambassadors.

Wilms called for "looking at the European level in a roadmap that clearly identifies measures that can be taken in order to support the resumption of peace negotiations and actively participate in that. Belgium and its European partners must show more consistency in their approach towards colonialism."

She called for "Belgium's role to be to support all our efforts aimed at encouraging the resumption of credible negotiations, to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, and to live in peace and security."