European Union can check ships to Gaza: France

Written by: Devaki
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Paris, Jun 7: Bernard Kouchner, French Foreign Minister suggested that European Union(EU) could step in and check the cargo on ships headed for Gaza, in order to lower the tensions following the Israeli attack on aid ships last week.

“The European Union must participate politically and concretely more than it already does — and it does a lot already — in the path towards peace," Kouchner said after a conference with the British Foreign Minister, William Hague on Sunday, Jun 6 in Paris. “We could check the cargo of ships heading to Gaza, Mr. Kouchner said.

He pointed out that EU could control the Rafah entry point from Egypt into the territory controlled by Hamas in a 'very strict' manner.

William Hague said that the international inquiry into the May 31 raid, is the 'international presence', as the deaths sparked international protests. “We think it is very important that there is a credible and transparent investigation," Mr. Hague said.

Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, had remarked that Israel rejected an international probe since the nation has the 'ability and the right to investigate itself' and not be investigated by any international board.

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