Gaza committee says Ki-moon responsible for danger ahead of flotilla 29May11 May 30, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  29 May 2011

The International Committee to Break the Gaza Siege has held UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon responsible for the danger ahead of Freedom Flotilla 2 set to deliver aid to Gaza in late June.

Ki-moon recently called on states along the Mediterranean coast to help thwart the flotilla in order to avoid a conflict with Israel, which enforces a tight naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The ICBGS said in a statement that followed on Saturday that the calls served as a “cover for Israeli piracy and encourages the attack of the flotilla”.

The Israeli navy attacked the first freedom flotilla during an attempt to defy the siege and deliver aid to Gaza, killing nine activists and injuring dozens.

The ICBGS held that the calls came in submission to Israeli threats and “conflicted with the natural and legal right to show solidarity with Palestine”. It also conflicts with UN resolutions calling for an end to the four year siege, the committee pointed out.

With more than 12 ships departing from European ports and carrying 1,200 activists, including European legislators, the calls will not deter the flotilla, the group said.

In the statement, the committee said the activists are carrying out a ”noble humanitarian task that the UN secretary-general should encourage and provide protection rather than try to thwart”.


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