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MEPs from delegation to Gaza meet with President Buzek

Date

12 Mar 2010

Sections

Global Europe

Strasbourg, 9/03/10

Six MEPs who participated recently in the largest delegation* of European parliamentarians to visit Gaza met this morning in the name of that delegation with Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, accompanied by Mazen Kahel and Arafat Shoukri, Chair of the European Campaign to End the siege of Gaza, an umbrella organisation of 30 NGOs across Europe.

MEPs present at the meeting were Roberto Goebbels, Alexandra Thein, Bairbre de Brún Malika Benarab-Attou, Nessa Childers and  Helmut Scholz.

The delegation reported to President Buzek on the outcome of the recent visit to Gaza, in advance of his meeting with Baroness Ashton. 

Stressing the humanitarian and political aspects of the situation faced by people in Gaza, and the important role and responsibilities of the EU in this regard, the delegation emphasised that Baroness Ashton must go to Gaza and that the EU must act not only in terms of  humanitarian aid but needs to play a bigger political role in the peace process.

The people of Gaza need a strong voice and the EU should talk to all parties in the region.  The EU also has an important role in helping to secure reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and in ensuring that the siege of Gaza is lifted.

The delegation were pleased that President Buzek accepted to convey the remarks of the delegation to Baroness Ashton and at his keen interest in seeing the European Parliament play a helpful role. ENDS

*GUE/NGL delegation to Gaza

Bairbre de Brún, Helmut Scholz, Marisa Matias

GUE/NGL PRESS CONTACT

Gianfranco Battistini + 32 475 646628

Sonja Giese + 32 486 94 50 21

David Lundy + 32 485 50 58 12

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