Austrian foreign minister calls for lifting siege on Gaza

[ 06/04/2011 – 03:52 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Austria’s foreign minister Michael Spindelegger has called for lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip that has been in force for the past four years to end the Gaza people’s suffering.

Spindelegger, who arrived in Gaza Strip on Wednesday coming from Egypt, told a press conference at the UNRWA headquarters that the blockade should come to an end, adding that the people have suffered enough.

He said after meetings in the Strip that the European Union should launch an initiative to end the siege, and that the EU countries should adopt a unified stand regarding the continued suffering of the Gaza population.

The Austrian minister visited an UNRWA school in central Gaza, toured the water desalination plant in Deir Al-Balah refugee camp, and met with UNRWA officials and representatives of the private sector and public figures.

Spindelegger conferred with Egyptian officials before visiting Gaza on regional developments especially the situation in Libya and means of assisting Cairo in the current transitional period after the downfall of the former regime of Hosni Mubarak.


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