The Elders: Shame on the world to accept the continuation of Gaza siege

[ 16/10/2010 – 05:00 PM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– The delegation of the “Global Elders” told a press conference in Gaza on Saturday that accepting the continuation of the five-year Israeli siege on Gaza Strip after the war on Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 was a “shame on the world”.

Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and chairwoman of the delegation, said it was not acceptable that after this destruction because of the war no reconstruction is possible.

“We stand alongside the Palestinian people in Gaza and we will not leave you alone, we understand your suffering and needs,” she said addressing the Palestinian population in the Strip.

The ex-president said that the (Israeli) settlement activity was wiping out the hopes of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Robinson said that Hamas should not be excluded from the political process.

For his part, Lakhdar Al-Ibrahim, former Algerian foreign minister and member of the delegation, urged the Palestinians to unite and to shun division, describing such a step as an “urgent necessity”.

“What we heard from our brothers in Hamas about the reconciliation was encouraging and we hope that it would take place in the near future,” he added.

The Elders: Shame on the world to accept the continuation of Gaza siege.

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