NEW YORK (UN), July 3 -The Quartet of international mediators for the Middle East (United States, Russia, UN, EU) urged all governments concerned to discourage the start of a new flotilla to Gaza on Saturday, Palestinian enclave under Israeli blockade.
Although concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, “the Quartet calls insistently those who want to deliver goods to the people of Gaza to do so through the existing channels for their cargo can be inspected and passed by land routes established, “we read in a statement issued by the press service of the UN on Saturday.
The Quartet called “regret the deaths and injuries caused by the Flotilla 2010″ and “calls on all governments concerned to use their influence to dissuade any new fleet that jeopardizes the safety of participants and increases the risk of ‘escalation’.
On Saturday The Greek authorities have arrested the captain of a ship that was to be part of a new international flotilla to Gaza, which aims to bring humanitarian aid and to break the Israeli blockade.
In May 2010, the first attempt to approach Gaza had killed nine people; the Israeli navy had stormed the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara.
Thursday, June 23, Israel has warned that he was determined to board the new flotilla, citing his right to self-defense.