EU Missions Call for Opening Gaza Crossings, Reconciliation

JERUSALEM, February 27, 2013 (WAFA) – European Union heads of mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah Tuesday called on Israel to open Gaza crossings for the free movement of people and goods, a statement by the missions said.

They also called on the Palestinians to reconcile their differences and end the six-year-old division.

The heads of mission said after visiting Gaza and meeting with representatives of civil society as well as with international organizations that “the EU continues to call for the immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from the Gaza Strip.’

The EU “is committed to facilitating the social and economic development of the Gaza Strip and encourages efforts at reconciliation as an important element for the viability of the future Palestinian state and for the two-state solution,” said the statement.

The group of more than 20 European officials visited Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing and a housing project for refugees close to Rafah.

Source: WAFA News