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Sinn Féin welcomes reopening of Egypt/Gaza border

28 May, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has welcomed the reopening of the Egyptian border crossing with Gaza at Rafah for the first time in four years.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn described the decision by the Egyptians as “a crucial first step in the dismantling of the illegal blockade of the Palestinian people of Gaza.”

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“The blockade of Gaza is an outrageous denial of human rights. The international community have rightly condemned it but sadly have also stood idly by in not confronting Israel on their injustice.

“This decision by the new leaders of the Egyptian people is the right decision and further evidence of the positive contribution Egypt can now make to peace and justice in the region.

“The reality however is that much more remains to be done. The international community must meet its responsibilities once and for all in the region to defend human rights and confront blatant injustice.

“The blockade of Gaza must stop immediately. The construction of more Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory must end and the UN must recognise a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.”


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