Arab League chief Amr Moussa plans to visit the Gaza Strip on Sunday in what the ruling Hamas movement called a joint Arab pressure for an end to an Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory.
The visit will be the first by a secretary-general of the Arab League to the Gaza Strip and comes nearly two weeks after Israeli marines raided an aid flotilla killing nine pro-Palestinian activists.
An aide said on Thursday that Moussa would enter the enclave for a one-day visit from Egypt via the Rafah crossing that Cairo opened after the May 31 Israeli interception of the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara ship.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Moussa's visit reflected "a growing sense among Arabs that the Gaza blockade must end".
Arab League officials in Cairo said the trip also was aimed at giving momentum to reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah that Egypt has sponsored but which have failed to bridge deep mistrust between the two rivals.
When asked if the Arab peace initiative of 2002 was at risk after Israel's action on the Mavi Marmara, Moussa said:
"It's not at risk. It remains our position that if Israel respects and implements its obligations, we shall do the same and then we'll move towards a solution. This is the equation."
ReutersLast Mod: 11 Haziran 2010, 08:53