'Free Gaza' to shut Cyprus office

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 5, 2010 21:54

Ban on Gaza-bound ships leads group to consider move to London.

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Palestinians ride boats in Gaza waters and an Isra

Gaza Boat 311. (photo credit:ASSOCIATED PRESS)

NICOSIA, Cyprus — A spokeswoman for a pro-Palestinian group behind several attempts to breach Israel's Gaza blockade by ship said it will shut down the group's Cyprus headquarters on Saturday, but won't stop sending ships to the Palestinian territory.


Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement said on Saturday the group could relocate its offices to London and that plans to send another flotilla of ships to Gaza in the early fall is still on.

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Berlin said the group will close its Larnaca office on Monday and members will return to their respective countries for now.

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"We're not going to stop, were going to move our location," Berlin said. "I think we've put Israel into a corner and we'll keep it up."

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Saturday that Israel would continue to enforce the 3-year blockade as long as Hamas doesn't meet conditions for international acceptance, including a renunciation of violence and recognition of Israel.

Berlin said the move was because of Cyprus' decision last month to ban any ships from sailing to Gaza from its shore to protect its "vital interests."

"If Cyprus is going to make it difficult for us, why should we stay?" said Berlin.

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