02 Jul '11, 7pm

Middle East Quartet discourages Gaza flotillas - Channel News Asia

Middle East Quartet discourages Gaza flotillas - Channel News Asia

NEW YORK - The Middle East diplomatic Quartet on Saturday discouraged new flotillas from sailing to Gaza to provide humanitarian aid, it said in a statement. "The Quartet recognizes that Israel has legitimate security concerns that must continue to be safeguarded," said the group, representing the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. "Members of the Quartet are committed to working with Israel, Egypt and the international community to prevent the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition into Gaza and believe efforts to maintain security while enabling movement and access for Palestinian people and goods are critical," the statement added. Pro-Palestinian activists were outraged when Greece banned all Gaza-bound ships from leaving its ports for a second day on Saturday. Greece said they were acting to protect the activists. Greek authorities c...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/113...

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