Quartet Representative welcomes Gaza ceasefire deal

Commenting this evening on the ceasefire brokered by Egypt, Quartet Representative Tony Blair said:

"I strongly welcome the indefinite ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian factions, and warmly congratulate the Egyptian Government on its successful negotiation.

"The Quartet will now concentrate on a long-term plan for Gaza and for its reconstruction, including the effective and efficient re-opening and re-connection to the outside world under the authority of the PA Government. Such a plan will enable a proper and decent life for the people of Gaza, as well as protect the security of the people of Israel.

"It is only tragic that such a ceasefire has come too late to save the lives of so many innocent people."