Humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip: statements of the Council and the EC (extracts)
End production: 10/10/2007 First transmission: 10/10/2007
The Members of the EP debated and voted a resolution on the humanitarian situation in Gaza after hearing statements from the Commission and the Council. This plenary debate came after the Conference of Presidents' statement saying that it "deplored the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip". The Plenary was informed about serious declines in health indicators, such as increased rates of malnutrition and chronic diseases.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels
||Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in PORTUGUESE) on the fact that the international community can not miss the opportunity to make a step forward on the peace process in the Middle East
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) expressing EU's hope that the international meeting in November 2007 about the Middle East will be a next step in order to have more ongoing positive talks and hopefully the creation of a Palestinian State in the near future;
on EU humanitarian help; saying that in September the EU dispersed allowances to 35,000 poor families in the West bank and Gaza; this demonstrates the value added of this temporary financial mechanism, which is able to operate efficiently throughout the occupied Palestinian territory; by September the fuel provision to the Strip had surpassed 90 million litters; this fuel provides 25% of the electricity needs of the local population; for these reasons, she requested the Quartet at the latest meeting in New York to extend this financial mechanism until December
||Jana Hybášková, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that the Situation in Gaza is appalling;
her group fully supports the Maryland convention, but they doubt the true achievements this conventions may truly bring
||Thijs Berman, Member of the EP, (in DUTCH) on the Israeli position, and the fact that they oblige Palestinians to live in a ghetto, humanitarian goods being severely districted; saying that this kind of blockade will not promote a peaceful solution
||Chris Davies, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that everyone knows that the EU pursues a policy of double standards; if you don't talk to the enemy you can not make peace; the continuing refusal to deal with those Hamas elements whom really want to make peace, will not facilitate the situation and the achievement of a peaceful solution