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Foreign Minister Steinmeier comments on Gaza Reconstruction Conference
date of issue 12.10.2014
At the international Gaza Reconstruction Conference in Cairo on 12 October, the German Government pledged to provide 50 million euros to assist reconstruction in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on the matter in Berlin:
"After five weeks of war and destruction, the people in Gaza urgently need our help for reconstruction. We must now respond to the humanitarian imperative to ensure that essential care is provided. We must not abandon the people of Gaza to despair. And we intend to support the Palestinian Authority in resuming responsibility in Gaza.
However, it is also clear that things cannot simply go back to the way they were. No-one wants to build infrastructure just to see it destroyed again in short order. A lasting ceasefire therefore needs to ensure two things. Firstly, Hamas and other extremists must stop using Gaza as an arms depot. Secondly, the people in Gaza need to be given access to economic prospects and freedom of movement. The negotiating parties in Cairo need to finally create the right conditions for that. Only then will the international community be able to invest in reconstruction to the extent that we would wish to."