Situation in Gaza: - extracts from the debate

Type: News   Reference: 87938   Duration: 00:04:44  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 21/11/2012   First transmission: 21/11/2012
Political group speakers debated the situation in the Gaza strip today with Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoulis, representing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Council and MEP's reacted both to the information of the Tel-Aviv terrorist attack on a bus and on the novel of the agreement of a cease-fire under Egypt mediation.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Situation in Gaza: extracts from the debate 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR shot of European Parliament in the autumn Alsacian mist 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Erato Kozakou-Markoullis, Cyprus Ministry for Foreign Affair, COUNCIL : "Throughout the day, I have also been receiving report of a terrorist attack on a bus in Tel Aviv. This has to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured. The European Union reiterates its strong and unequivocal condemnation of all forms and acts of terrorism" 00:00:35
00:00:45 SOUNDBITE (English) Erato Kozakou-Markoullis, Cyprus Ministry for Foreign Affair, COUNCIL : "The vital goods border-crossing at Kerim-Shalom, remain open throughout the hostilities. Fort the time being food is not in short supply, the World-Food Programme continues with its food distribution activities. Gaza's limited power supply has not been seriously affected but clean water and drugs are in short supply. The EU will continue to play a leading role on the humanitarian front and already dedicates considerable proportion of its Palestinian assistance programme to the Gaza Strip. This includes not only our support to UNRWA, the majority of the Gaza population and the refugees, but also direct financial assistance to support vulnerable Palestinian families." 00:00:57
00:01:42 SOUNDBITE (English) Erato Kozakou-Markoullis, Cyprus Ministry for Foreign Affair, COUNCIL : "Honourable Members, I just have the information that Egypt confirms an agreement on cease-fire. We will look for confirmation of this information, but I wanted to let you know without further delay about this development." 00:00:24
00:02:06 SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra , (EPP, ES), MEP : English translation : "The European Union has got to vehemently support this cease-fire so that we avoid the worst, but let's be clear about this, let's be honest, there will not be stability in this area, there will not be stability in the region unless we act together to the root cause of these injustices that are fuelling hate and violence in this battered region." 00:00:25
00:02:31 SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique De Keyser (S&D, BE) MEP : English translation : "The strong concern we today have concerning Israel security, is only equal to the responsibility we have to offer to Palestinians a State secured as well and within it's borders of 1967. These are moral and historical duties based on international right. I recall that South Sudan entered UN 3 three days after its independence and while its orders were not yet clearly defined and that a war was still ongoing against Soudan. It is unbelievable that since 1988, date of it's independence declaration, Palestine is fidgeting in the UN corridors, we are giving today arguments to all extremists, to all those that are mocking European weakness, to all those that believe only in strength, and it is upon our responsibility, and not the United States one, we cannot ask Palestinians to pay the price of our European history." 00:00:55
00:03:26 SOUNDBITE (French) Daniel COHN-BENDIT (Green/EFA, FR) English translation : "We have to support the non-violent approach of the Palestinian President Abbas. If we are unable to support this non-violent strategy, it means that we support those who are against peace. This is why I'm particularly happy with the Parliament Resolution that will be put to vote tomorrow, we explicitly claim that we support President Abbas strategy to go to the United Nations and ask for recognition of the Palestinian State as observer. If we fail to do that, if we don't ask for the lift of the Israeli blockade of Gaza under international control, then we won't be able to pacify the region. One cannot lock up 1 and a half million Palestinians and pretend that they should keep rational." 00:01:08
00:04:34 CUTAWAYS : 3 shots. 00:00:10
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