EU to press Israel on Gaza siege 11Jun10 June 12, 2010

Ma’an New Agency -  11 June 2010

Bethlehem – Ma’an – European Union foreign ministers will call on Israel next week to lift an “unacceptable and counterproductive” three-year-blockade of Gaza, Reuters reported Friday.

In a draft statement prepared for a meeting on Monday, Reuters reported, the foreign ministers will condemn the use of violence during Israel’s operation to stop a flotilla of aid ships reaching Gaza in which Israeli forces killed nine Turks.

They will also call for a “credible, impartial and independent” investigation, according to the report.

Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard, a right-wing American magazine, reported Thursday that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident, which also left an American citizen dead.

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