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9 December 2010
Brussels, 9 December 2010
Statement by the spokesperson of Catherine Ashton,
EU High Representative, on exports from Gaza
The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
"Enabling large-scale Palestinian exports in a sustainable way is essential to promote economic development in the Gaza Strip.Yesterday's announcement by the government of Israel is a positive further step in the right direction.
Since the government’s decision from 20 June, there has been some positive change on the ground. Further efforts and complementary measures are needed to revitalise the Gaza economy, create jobs and strengthen the private sector. Our objective is to improve the lives of the ordinary people of Gaza while addressing the legitimate security concerns of Israel. We support the Palestinian Authority in their desire to return to the crossings".