Sarkozy: France sending frigate to stem arms to Gaza

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January 23, 2009 22:57

 
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ordering that a frigate be immediately deployed off Gaza to survey the area and fight arms smuggling. A statement Friday by Sarkozy's office said he had asked that the helicopter-carrier be immediately deployed in international waters off Gaza "in full cooperation with Egypt and Israel." The move is aimed at consolidating the fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Sarkozy traveled twice to the region to help put together a cease-fire, in an initiative with Egypt. He also ordered French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to "coordinate closely" with the United States and Europe and propose other ways to fight arms smuggling.

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