Free Gaza Movement to leave Cyprus

09:06, June 08, 2010      

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The Cyprus-based Free Gaza Movement is leaving Cyprus after the government decided not to allow the organization to use its ports as staging points for sending aid to the Gaza Strip.

A spokeswoman for the organization said Monday the movement is in the process of closing down its Cyprus facilities and is moving to London.

"Cyprus is not happy to have us here. They are cooperating with the Israelis and we don't like this. It is time for us to go," Greta Berlin told Xinhua.

The Cyprus government used to offer its assistance to the Free Gaza Movement ships, which have been trying to bust the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The Cyprus government said its latest decision was taken to protect what it called "vital national interests."

The Free Gaza Movement has vowed to organize another flotilla in the coming months to break the blockage on the Palestinian enclave.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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