Britain helps to block EU call for ‘immediate’ end to hostilities

02/08/2006 

Britain and three other countries have blocked a European Union statement calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Middle East, deciding instead on a vaguer declaration calling for an “immediate end to hostilities, to be followed by a sustainable ceasefire”.

Even this statement, agreed unanimously by EU foreign ministers, went further than Britain had originally wanted by including the sensitive word “immediate”.

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