Haneyya receives former Netherlands PM Dries van Agt, calls for an end to the siege

[ 07/10/2011 – 09:24 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haneyya, received on Thursday former Netherlands Prime Minister, Andries van Agt, at the head of a delegation from the Netherlands that comprised former ministers and ambassadors.

Haneyya informed the delegation of the current situation in the Gaza Strip under the oppressive siege, the crimes being committed against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Jerusalem, the suffering of Palestinian refugees inside and outside of Palestine and the racist practices of the Israeli occupation against Palestinian people.

Haneyya stressed the importance of Palestinian fundamental rights to their land and home and talked about the suffering of Palestinian captives in Israeli occupation jails which has pushed them to go on hunger strike over the past ten days.

The PLO’s step at the UN and Palestinian reconciliation was discussed, with Haneyya stressing that there was no going back on Palestinian reconciliation and that what is required is to go ahead and implement what was agreed.

He praised the efforts of the Netherlands delegation to show solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of the siege, stressing that his government was keen on establishing good relations with everyone and that to the Palestinian people occupation is the only enemy.

Haneyya also talked about the Israeli occupation measures against Palestinian elected representatives, as 21 of them are detained by the occupation, the latest of whom was Ahmad Attoun who was kidnapped from the Red Cross compound in Jerusalem.

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