GAZA, November 8, 2014 – (WAFA) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini stated Saturday that Gaza can’t afford a fourth war and affirmed the EU’s commitment and support to Gaza reconstruction.
Mogherini made her remarks during a joint press conference with UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl at al-Bahrain school in Tal al-Hawa in western Gaza city, an UNRWA-run school sheltering hundreds of internally-displaced people whose houses were destroyed during the 51-day aggression on Gaza.
Mogherini arrived Saturday in the Gaza Strip coming from Jerusalem through Erez border crossing point. She visited Sheja’eya neighborhood and met with the Palestinian families whose houses were destroyed during the recent Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave and listened to their suffering.
Noting that she visited Gaza to examine the humanitarian situation, Mogherini stated that she, as a mother, came to the Gaza Strip to directly see the humanitarian situation following the war, and that during the Cairo-based Gaza Reconstruction Conference she maintained that situation should change in the strip.
She added: “There is no time to wait. We should work more quickly in regard to Gaza reconstruction, a commitment that we have made. We should do everything to see children returning to their houses before they turn a year old.”
She expressed her thanks for the UNRWA and noted that the EU stands ready to help the Palestinians in Gaza live in a better situation, adding: “We in Europe know that the only means to end this suffering is bringing this conflict to an end and establishing a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel.”
Moughrini stressed that the EU needs an effective functioning Palestinian government in Gaza and expressed her hopes to see that possible soon, adding: “Most importantly, we call upon all parties to return to negotiations and resume the peace process.”
She stressed the EU’s support for rebuilding Gaza, noting that the EU should put all its political weight to resume the political process and enable the Palestinian national consensus government to effectively operate in the strip.
Regarding the EU’s recognition of the State of Palestine, Mogherini remarked that the EU has not yet reached a consensus to do so and that it is the decision of each EU state. Nevertheless she stressed: “We need a Palestinian state; that is the ultimate goal and is the position of all the European Union.”
“What’s important for me is not whether other countries, be they European or not, recognize Palestine… I’d be happy if, during my mandate, the Palestinian state existed,’ she told French newspaper Le Monde, Newsweek reported.
Mogherini reportedly met in Gaza city with four ministers in the Palestinian unity government. According to Office of the European Union Representative Office, she had a joint press conference with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at 3:30 p.m. at the Prime Minister’s Office and would meet President Mahmoud Abbas at 6:30 p.m.
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