UNRWA wants full blockade lift
LAST UPDATED: 06/21/2010 21:06
Quartet welcomes blockade ease, says Gaza situation "unsustainable."
UNRWA in gaza 248 88 Photo: AP [file]
a complete lift of the Gaza blockade will satisfy UNRWA,
the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees said to Reuters on
security cabinet on Sunday lifted nearly three years of restrictions on
civilian goods allowed into the Gaza Strip, in the hope – according to
senior diplomatic sources – that Israel would now have international
legitimacy for the more important naval blockade, aimed at keeping out
"We need to have the blockade fully lifted," said spokesman Christopher
Gunness of UNRWA, "the Israeli strategy is to make the international
community talk about a bag of cement here, a project there. We need full
unfettered access through all the crossings."
‘Yes to coriander, no to Kassams
Terror stops, blockade ends
concern that Israel's new Gaza blockade policy would
not be effective, and would continue to limit Gaza's ability to develop
on its own.
"The list of restricted goods is a moving target. We are never told this
is banned and that is banned," he said to Reuters. "Israel's blockade
blockade against the UN"
Quartet: Gaza situation "unsustainable"
The Quartet of Mideast peacemakers welcomed Israel's pledge to immediately ease the blockade of goods into Hamas-ruled Gaza, but the groups says the situation remains "unsustainable" and a long-term solution is urgently needed.
A statement released by the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations expresses support for Israel's "legitimate security concerns" while calling for the resumption of long-stalled peace talks.
Proximity talks should lead to direct negotiations without preconditions and "a settlement, negotiated between the parties within 24 months," the Quartet said.
The Quartet supports a two-nation solution with Israelis and Palestinians living peacefully side by side.
gov't’s policy towards Gaza is clear
“Our government’s policy towards Gaza is clear,”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at a meeting with Quartet envoy
Tony Blair soon after the security cabinet’s decision.
seeks to keep out of Gaza
weapons and war-supporting materiel that Hamas uses to prepare and
carry out terror and rocket attacks against Israel and its civilians.
other goods will be allowed into Gaza.”