Europe Urges Israel to Soften Gaza Blockade

14.06.2010 - Luxembourg - Prensa Latina

The document adopted by the 27-member Council describes as unsustainable the situation of the Palestinian population since 2007 and urges Tel Aviv to immediately change its policy.

The community leaders want a principled commitment by Israel regarding some flexibility in its blockade, not meaning its total end, in order to allow at least the entry of food.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who attended the meeting of Foreign Minister as a member of the so-called Quartet of international mediators for Middle East peace, made clear, though, that the list of banned articles might take longer.

The creation of a fact finding committee by Israel to clear up the aggression against the peace flotilla was not unanimously congratulated at the plenary, with EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Catherine Ashton urging those involved to make work credible.

The meeting of EU Foreign Ministers precedes the summit to be held on Thursday by heads of State and Government of the bloc before the Spanish handing over of temporary presidency to Belgium on July 1st.

Categories: Europe, Politics


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