Gaza: Ports

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take, and what representations they are making, to expedite planning and negotiations for a new port to provide access to Gaza.

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The EU, with UK encouragement, has looked at a number of options for how it can encourage an easing of movement and access into and out of Gaza. This includes the possibility of EU assistance in establishing a sea-link from Gaza to another international port, currently envisaged in Cyprus. The UK has consistently called on the Government of Israel to ease movement, including at sea, and will continue to do so. We encourage the Palestinian Authority to fully resume its government functions in Gaza, and ensure that the reconciliation process between Palestinian factions is compliant with the Quartet Principles.

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