Palestine envoy: Israeli decision to 'ease siege' is make-up

Palestinian Ambassador to Ankara said that Israel's decision to ease the blockade and allow more items to Gaza was nothing more than a make-up.

Palestine envoy: Israeli decision to 'ease siege' is make-up

 

Palestinian Ambassador to Ankara Nabil Maarouf said on Saturday that Israel's decision to ease the blockade and allow more items to Gaza was nothing more than a make-up, urging it to completely lift the blockade.

Maarouf told AA that Israel's move was not sufficient, noting that after the attack on "Mavi Marmara" aid ship, the international community including the U.S.A and the European Union (EU) started pressing on Israel to lift the blockade.

He said Israel was trying to evade international pressure by such moves.

"We want the international community to keep on pressing on Israel and we demand the blockade to be lifted," said Maarouf.

Maarouf said both the Palestinian administration and Hamas appreciated Turkey's role and efforts for peace.

"Turkey is taking positive steps by supporting the Palestinian cause. Arab peoples are appreciating Turkey's actions," said Maarouf.

Referring to claims appearing in the western press that Turkey was shifting axis, Maarouf said he did not believe Turkish government was distancing itself from the west and approaching to the east.

"Recent developments are perfectly normal. Turkey is trying to develop good relations with its neighbours. Turkey is trying to establish peace and stability in the region together with its neighbours," said Maarouf.

Commenting on the dispute between Fatah and Hamas, Maarouf said they were facing hardships in uniting these.

He said certain regional players were influencing Hamas not to accept an agreement that would establish unity.

Maarouf said though Hamas declared that it wanted Turkish mediation in efforts to establish unity, Turkish officials stated that they were not willing to undertake the task.

He said instead Turkey was willing to support Egypt and other actors that would contribute to a possible agreement.

Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, died when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31.Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.

AA
 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2010, 15:02
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