PNA welcomes EU calls to lift Gaza blockade   2010-06-15 22:52:29 FeedbackPrintRSS

RAMALLAH, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Tuesday welcomed calls from the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council to lift the blockade imposed on Gaza.

The Council members, during a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, urged Israel to lift the blockade it imposed on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip three year ago.

"This decision is encouraging," Ghassan al-Khatib, spokesman for the Palestinian government in Ramallah, told Xinhua.

He urged the international community to meet their calls with deeds, saying "calls and demands are not enough."

Al-Khatib said he hopes the EU would move from urging Israel to end the siege to taking serious and concrete steps to end the three-year-long embargo.

The blockade was placed on the Gaza Strip, home to some 1.5 million Palestinians, in 2007 after the Islamic Hamas movement, one of Israel's bitter enemies, seized control of the enclave by force.

The United States, the West and Israel have listed Hamas as a terrorist organization for adopting violence and renouncing signed peace agreements between Israel and the PNA.

EU foreign ministers also reiterated their demands for a full independent inquiry into the Israeli attack on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza last month, which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

International and Arab calls to end Israel's blockade of Gaza have markedly increased after the deadly Israeli naval raid.

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