- February 28, 2009
Dr. Bardawil: Solana’ visit is an important step
Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, a member of the Hamas parliamentary bloc, stated the visit of Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy head, to the Gaza Strip is an important step in the context of European and American visits, adding that his Movement hopes that the Europeans would stop getting implicated in the Zionist policy.
Dr. Bardawil creticized Solana for not meeting with Hamas leaders or the government in Gaza, considering it a roundabout way to avoid recognizing the democratic results of the Palestinian ballot boxes.
During his tour in Gaza, Solana visited the bombed American school, the Abed Rabou ranch, the UNRWA headquarters in addition to some industrial areas which were destroyed during the Israeli war.
Solana told a news conference held during his tour that the EU supports any reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian factions, noting that the special European mission for the Rafah border crossing is ready to resume work immediately at the crossing as soon as it is operative.
He also underlined the importance of the donor countries” meeting to be held next March in the Sharm Al-Sheikh resort, saying that it would bring positive results for the Palestinian people especially in Gaza.