Schwarzenberg mission paved way for Sarkozy’s activities in Middle East, says Czech PM

The Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolánek, has said he welcomes the efforts of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to deal with the current conflict in the Middle East. He said Mr Sarkozy had built on the work carried out by an EU mission to the region led by the Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg. The French leader announced on Wednesday that the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority had agreed with a cease-fire proposal.

Earlier on Wednesday the Czech EU presidency said it was deeply concerned by the rising number of civilian casualties in Gaza and called on Israel to open a humanitarian corridor and on both sides to implement a ceasefire.

Author: Ian Willoughby