Monday, June 14, 2010

EU presses Israel to lift Gaza blockade/ Israel ready to ease Gaza blockade

" Israel has agreed in principle to greatly ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip, allowing in everyday goods while ensuring arms and military material stay out, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said Monday....European diplomats said Israel was considering opening one or both of the Karni and Kerem Shalom land crossings for deliveries, and that the goods may be vetted by the UN, with the EU prepared to help fund the new system. EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, writing in international media on Monday, said the EU ministers "shall examine a practical plan to allow the people of Gaza to bring in what they need." British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the announcement of an investigation was "an important step forward" and welcomed the involvement of Northern Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner David Trimble.The other is Ken Watkin, a former judge advocate general of the Canadian armed forces. The EU statement called the situation in Gaza "unsustainable," with the 27 foreign ministers calling for "an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza." LINK

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