Crisis Makes Bulgarian EU Commissioner Hurry for Gaza Strip

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Bulgaria: Crisis Makes Bulgarian EU Commissioner Hurry for Gaza Strip Bulgarian EU Commissioner Georgieva will go to the Gaza Strip sooner than planned. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, will make a visit to the Gaza Strip sooner than scheduled after the crisis caused by an Israeli raid on 6 vessels carrying aid for the Palestinian territory.

Georgieva, who is in charge of humanitarian aid, international cooperation, and crisis response within the European Commission, confirmed Monday in the city of Veliko Tarnovo in Northern Bulgaria her intention to visit the Gaza Strip, but made it clear that the case with the Gaza-bound ships boarded by the Israeli forces will accelerate her planned trip to the Palestinian enclave.

The Bulgarian EU Commissioner revealed that two weeks ago she spoke to high-ranking representatives of the Israeli government in order to notify them of her intention to pay a formal visit to the Gaza Strip in order to become acquainted with the situation on the ground.

“This is when on behalf of the EU I asked Israel to provide a list of “prohibited goods” whose delivery to Gaza it considers dangerous because the major reasons of the Israeli government to limit the access for aid deliveries is that they may contain materials that can be used by Hamas for terrorist attacks,” Georgieva explained relating her request for Israel to Monday’s incident.

In her words, the EU is the largest donor of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip – about EUR 1 B in aid for Gaza is envisaged only in Georgieva’s program for the next 10-year period.

“It is of crucial importance for every EU citizen that this aid makes it to its destination because the economy in the occupied Palestinian territories is struggling and the local people can hardly rely on their own capacities for survival,” she stated.

Speaking earlier on Monday, shortly after the news about the Israeli military boarding the Gaza-bound aid vessels, Georgieva expressed a deep concern and resentment on behalf of the European Commission with respect to the raid of the humanitarian convoy.

She said the EC insisted that Israel take measures to guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers and the unhindered transportation of humanitarian aid to its destination. In her words, the EU institutions and leaders are currently discussing the Union’s options of intervening in order to help resolve the conflict, including by considering possible sanctions on Israel.

Georgieva explained that even as she was visiting mountainous areas in Northern Bulgaria such as the town of Elena and the city of Veliko Tarnovo, she was in constant touch with the EU High Representative for foreign policy, Catherine Ashton.

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NellieotAmerica - 1 Jun 2010 // 23:38:53


"This entire scenario was a provocation designed to unstable the entire region and the world, nothing else."

I would go even further and say that Hamas were cynically using quasi-famous and foolish Western liberals to hide behind and smuggle supplies for themselves. Hamas is not concerned about the Palestinian women and children, they have been used as human shields for years by the Islamist pr!cks. It is a well known fact that Hamas is full of Islamist cowards who are hiding either behind the Palestinian women and children or behind Western liberal morons.

dogen - 1 Jun 2010 // 07:43:21

The vessel was in international water inbound towards a blockade are (backed by international law). On board were not any “peace activists” or “humanitarian activists” otherwise how will explain the vast amount of combat material found on board?

This entire scenario was a provocation designed to unstable the entire region and the world, nothing else.

Malcolm - 1 Jun 2010 // 02:27:03

nelliot the idiot,

Although I know that your deteriorated brain is not capable of perceiving the
facts , let me explain one simple fact;

the israeli navy attacked a civilian ship in international waters.Do you get it?
or your tiny brain still struggles?

Philippe - 1 Jun 2010 // 01:16:15

Israel is loosing the world's goodwill and support. They become isolated. Their holocaust victim story starts to work against them now that the world discovers what a massacre they organize in Gaza, the west bank and east Jerusalem...

dogen - 31 May 2010 // 22:38:42

Wrong, Israel is NOT any close to be a Nazi state, it may not be perfect but it aint a Nazi state.
Do you even know what Nazi is or means?

The Nazis did not care much for Muslims as well, by the way….so calling Israeli Nazis is a poor joke.

When Hamas took over the Gaza area it killed all the PLO members, some were executed in the streets and some were pushed from roof tops….What then Do you call that??

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NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 20:33:00

Israel was right and just. At least there is video to prove it:

richard6947 - 31 May 2010 // 20:17:51

Sorry Isreal, you have lost all and any support from me. you are just new NAZI"S for a new millenium

NellieotAmerica - 31 May 2010 // 20:16:24

Question: What did those nitwits think would happen when they tried to run a blockade?

Answer: Exactly what did happen.

It wouldn't surprise me if at least one of those ships was carrying missiles for the Palestinians to shoot into Israel. I wonder what that dolt Sarkozy would do if, say, the Serbs started shooting missiles into Paris.

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