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News number: 8710301534

16:51 | 2009-01-19

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Calls Israel Ceasefire "Too Little"

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with French ambassador to Tehran, called Israeli announcement of a unilateral ceasefire "too little and too late".



"Israel's military presence in the Gaza Strip will be another mistake for which Tel Aviv will have to pay dearly," Rafsanjani, who is also chairman of Experts Assembly, said in a Sunday meeting with Bernard Poletti.

Israel announced on Sunday a unilateral ceasefire after pounding Gaza for 22 days, which has claimed the lives of more than 1,300 Palestinians. But the ceasefire does not entail negotiations with Hamas or a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip.

Rafsanjani also criticized the European Union and France for their stance on the humanitarian crisis created by Israel in Gaza, press tv reported.

Bernard Poletti, for his part, said Paris is in favor of a peaceful solution to the conflict.