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Attention must be paid

29 December 2008

“Among nations, as among neighbors, respect for the rights of others…” is still the cornerstone of Mexican foreign policy:

MEXICO CITY- Mexico called on Sunday for an “immediate” halt to Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, where massive air raids have killed over 300 people so far.

The Mexican government asked for “an immediate halt to military operations” and expressed “grave concern about the bombings conducted on December 27 by the Israeli army and the excessive use of force,” the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

Mexico “also rejects rockets launched from Gaza on Israeli territory,” it added.

The Latin American nation called for “the renewal of dialogue” between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas, which rules Gaza.

The Israeli blitz, which also wounded some 600 people, came after days of spiraling violence since a six-month truce between Israel and Hamas expired on December 19.

Hamas has responded to the fighting — some of the bloodiest in the decades-old conflict — by firing more than 90 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel, killing one man and wounding some 20 people.

As far as I can tell, the Mexican government statement is being ignored by most of the foreign press (my source was the APF, printed in the Khaleej Times of the United Arab Emirates).   However, it might be noted that Mexico (which has good relations with both the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis) will again be taking a two-year non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in January.

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