We welcome the announcement of a ceasefire made by Prime Minister Sharon and President Abbas at the Sharm-el-Sheikh summit on 8 February. A mutual agreement to end four years of violence is a great step forward. It is critical that both sides stick to their commitments as this will be the best way of achieving long-term stability and enabling a return to the Roadmap. We call upon militant groups not to undermine the efforts made by the Israeli and Palestinian leadership.
We have not made any specific assessment of the dangers that might result in a breakdown of the ceasefire.