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Gaza crisis: European Parliament calls for international inquiry and end to blockade

17 juin 2010

An international and impartial inquiry into Israel’s attack on a humanitarian flotilla, the opening of all crossing points to and from Gaza and an immediate end to the blockade are among the European Parliament’s demands in a resolution passed today. MEPs also advocate reshaping the EU’s Middle East policy, to make it more decisive.   Israel should immediately end the Gaza blockade, which has resulted in a humanitarian disaster, paralyzed the Gaza Strip’s reconstruction and economy and aggravated political radicalisation, say MEPs. At the same time, they call on EU High Representative Catherine Ashton to submit an EU plan to the Quartet to help end the blockade.   To address Israel’s security concerns, MEPs propose international monitoring of the crossings, including the re-activation of the EU Border Assistance Mission. Parliament calls on Hamas to stop all attacks against Israel immediately, and also to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli sergeant kidnapped by Hamas in 2006 and held incommunicado ever since.   On Wednesday, High Representative Catherine Ashton told the Parliament that the Gaza crisis must be used as “a catalyst for peace” in the Middle East, adding that the blockade on the territory “hurts ordinary people, prevents reconstruction and fuels radicalism”.   The resolution was approved with 470 votes in favour, 56 against and 56 abstentions. (ENPI Info Centre)

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