Statement by Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner on Gaza border crossing agreement – EC press release/Non-UN document

Ferrero-Waldner on Gaza border crossing agreement
15 November  2005

Following agreement reached by Israelis and Palestinians on the Gaza border crossing, European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, has said:

"I welcome the significant breakthrough reached this morning in Jerusalem and congratulate in particular the Quartet Special Envoy, James Wolfensohn, on his unstinting efforts. This opens the way to much needed greater mobility for Palestinians and with EU presence they will now be able to manage the border between Gaza and Egypt.

The European Commission is already active in capacity building on border issues, and in supporting the modernisation of the Palestinian customs services. A €40 million infrastructure facility was launched during my visit to the region last week. And I hope it will soon also be possible to unblock €25million which I have earmarked for building a new cargo terminal for the Gaza airport.

The EU stands ready to further support the agreement reached today with a range of measures, which respond to requests from the Israelis and the Palestinians."


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