Posted by: noticeable | November 17, 2006

Morgantini Calls for Deploying UN Observation Forces in Gaza and International Peace Conference

Morgantini Calls for Deploying UN Observation Forces in Gaza and Int’l Peace Conference

STRASBOURG, November 16, 2006, (WAFA)- President of the Development Committee of the European Parliament, Luisa Morgantini, called for deploying international observers to protect the Palestinian citizens in Gaza who suffer Israeli attacks.

“We need an international UN observation and protection mission with peacekeeping troops to be sent to Gaza.
Those under attack need protection and assistance. The international community has a duty to protect civilians, to stop the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, put an end to house demolitions and the destruction of infrastructure,” Morgantini said in a statement

Morgantini strongly denounced the Israeli military operations in Beit Hanun and Israel’s war against Gaza and the West bank in general.

“Israel’s indiscriminate attacks represent a serious breach of the principles of the Geneva Convention amounting to a war crime and called for an international UN force to protect civilian,” she stated.

Morgantini stressed that mutual Israeli-Palestinian recognition is essential in this crisis. This means that “the international community should recognise the democratically elected government of Palestine and to support the efforts made by all Palestinian political forces and President Mahmoud Abbas to form a new unity government which should make all efforts to stop Palestinian militia groups firing rockets on Israeli towns and people.”

On the issue of Israel’s withholding of Palestinian customs duties, Morgantini argued that the EU and the Quartet must force Israel to return the funds confiscated from Palestine.

“It is unacceptable that Israel is still withholding Palestinian tax and customs revenues and aggravating the Palestinian humanitarian crisis” she said. “The funds must be immediately transferred.”

Morgantini concluded by calling for an immediate international conference for a just peace in the Middle East.

“Any negotiations on an overall peace agreement should be based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the certainty of a Palestinian State alongside the State of Israel with Jerusalem as a shared capital,” she said.

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