Worldwide protests over Israeli attack on Gaza aid flotilla (2)

15:40, June 04, 2010      

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Speaking of the seriousness of the potential problem, Ban Ki-moon claimed," the long-running closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong", and that "all the concerned should act with a sense of care and responsibility."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday described Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as a "state terrorism" and called for an immediate lifting of the closure on the Gaza Strip. "I condemn the state terrorism Israel is exerting against the Palestinian people," Abbas said following a meeting in Ramallah with an aid to the Italian foreign minister.

Earlier, President Mahmoud Abbas met with visiting US Middle East envoy George Mitchell on late Wednesday and during their talks Abbas wanted the United State to be involved into the probe. At an ensuing news conference, Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiation from Palestinian authority, cited the situation as "very sad" at Gaza strip; Palestinian Authority demands the lifting of the Israeli embargo on Gaza, so that Gaza strip residents would be able to have access to their due rights without barriers.

After the Israeli assault on the Gaza-bound flotilla, President Barack Obama had some phone calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. U.S. national security adviser James L. Jones also met with his Israel counterpart for several hours this week. And in a televised interview on Wednesday, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden however said: "The truth of the matter is, Israel has a right to know – they're at war with Hamas… whether or not arms are being smuggled in…" Furthermore, he acknowledged meanwhile that the American government is trying to persuade Israel to change or adjust its policy on Gaza.

The Obama administration is currently mulling over a new idea, according to U.S. media… The United States is "to press for another approach to allow more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area while guaranteeing Israel's security," the New York Times reported on Thursday. This "balance point" is nevertheless not always easy to locate.

By people's Daily Online and contributed by PD resident reporters Li Xiao, Wen Xian and Xi Laiwang and Wu Yun respectively in Egypt, the U.S. and the UN headquarters at New York.

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