PLO welcomes EU presence at Gaza crossings
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) welcomed on Saturday having European Union's inspectors at the crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel, Xinhua reported.
The PLO said in a statement issued after a meeting of its executive committee chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah that it still sticks to the 2005 treaty of operating Gaza crossings.
The statement said that the PLO welcomes the presence of international inspectors at the Gaza Strip crossing points "to guarantee lifting the blockade and to guarantee a presence of the Palestinian security forces at the crossings."
In accordance with the U.S.-sponsored treaty signed in 2005 between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel, EU inspectors and Palestinian security forces run the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.
The treaty also allows the Palestinians to run the commercial crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and also Israel opens a safe passage that links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.
Israel has been imposing a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip right after the Islamic Hamas movement seized control of the enclave by force in 2007. Israel had since controlled the entrance of goods and products into Gaza.
The PLO called on Israel to completely lift the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and reopen all the commercial crossing points, and allow all kind of goods and products, including raw material for construction and industry.