Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for CFSP, welcomes the extension of EU border assistance mission at Rafah Crossing Point
|Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) welcomes the extension for another year of the EU Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point between Gaza and Egypt (EUBAM Rafah).|
HR Solana, who is arriving in Gaza today as part of a visit in the region, expects that all parties will ensure the continuous operation of the Rafah Crossing Point, as they have committed themselves to do in the November 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access and by inviting the EU to extend its presence at the crossing point after 24 May 2007.
The EU has consistently recalled the utmost importance of the full implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access and urged that Rafah, as well as all other crossing points, remain open.
In the current dramatic circumstances, which HR Solana has witnessed during his visit in the region, the request by both parties for a continued presence of the EU monitors and the continuation of operations at the Rafah Crossing Point is an important signal.
HR Solana emphasises the EU's commitment to remain engaged on the ground. A key aim of the EU through EUBAM Rafah is to promote cooperation and trust between the parties. The EU also wants to contribute to Palestinian capacity-building. Both these objectives remain more valid than ever.
The High Representative extends his gratitude to Lt. General Pietro Pistolese, who heads EUBAM Rafah, for his leadership and his staff for their work accomplished in difficult conditions and assures them of his full support for the continuation of this important mission.