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Europe must play larger role in Gaza — France

French President Francois Hollande says Europe must play a more active, and larger role in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and disarmament of Hamas, Reuters reports.

“For a solution to finally be reached, the United States’ role will be decisive,” Hollande says.

“But Europe’s role is as important. It must act more. Europe does a lot to rebuild and develop Palestine, but it can’t simply just be a bank window where we turn to heal the wounds after a recurring conflict.”

“We have to go towards a progressive lifting of the blockade and the demilitarization of the territory,” he says.

Hollande stresses that once reached, the ultimate goal remains “a democratic and viable Palestinian state living side by side with an Israeli state living in security.”

French President Francois Hollande (photo credit: AP/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)
French President Francois Hollande (photo credit: AP/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)

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