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de Brún urges urgent EU action on Gaza

15 November, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today urged the European Union to 'help end Israeli aggression in Palestine, and in Gaza in particular'.

Ms de Brún made her comments after the European Parliament today met to discuss the deteriorating situation in Palestine. A resolution on the issue is due to be voted upon tomorrow (16.11.06).

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"There is huge concern amongst MEPs with regards to the current situation in Palestine. There is also a tremendous sense of urgency that the European Union needs to play a part in bringing Israeli aggression to an end in Palestine, and in Gaza in particular.

"The Israeli military operation in Gaza has resulted in over 300 deaths since June 2006, including many civilians, with 80 Palestinians killed in the most recent attacks in Beit Hanun. The EU has an obligation to help bring to an end the daily slaughter of innocents.

"This is not just about the human death toll. The whole infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is being affected including the specific targeting of essential public services and the Israeli imposed blockade of the region.

"I specifically want to support the call for an international peace conference and for the European Council to make all possible efforts to have such a conference convened. Europe needs to take decisive action if we are not to be complicit in allowing ongoing attacks to remain unanswered.

"Given the vast financial and political resources at the disposal of the European Union, we need to start seeing tangible and practical action to help ease the suffering of the Palestinian people. We also need to suspend the special trade agreement with Israel until such time as the Israeli government demonstrate the respect for human rights on which such agreements with the EU are based." ENDS

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