Foreign minister calling for international observers to Gaza

Lidegaard is prepared to send Danish observers to Gaza, preferably as part of a UN initiative

August 4th, 2014 11:03 am| by admin
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The foreign minister Martin Lidegaard wants to send an international observer corps to the embattled Palestinian region of Gaza in a bid to end conflict.

Lidegaard told DR Nyheder that he is prepared to send Danish observers to Gaza, preferably as part of a UN initiative, so that the international community can help support an end to the violence.

“Denmark is ready to contribute to such an observer corps,” Lidegaard told DR Nyheder. “I think that it is a prerequisite for the ceasefire to be complied with.”

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According to Lidegaard, the corps will have a preventative effect as it will be tasked with observing who breaches the agreed ceasefire.

”The trouble is that every time a ceasefire is established, the parties involved have ended it before it has got underway,” Lidegaard said. “So I propose that we establish an international, independent observer corps that can monitor the agreed ceasefires.”

The foreign minister went on to say that the Danish government is ready to support the rebuilding of the Gaza strip when the conflict comes to an end.

According to figures released by the UN on Friday, 1,439 Palestinians have died since Israel launched its offensive against the densely populated Gaza strip on July 8. Some 280,000 civilians have been internally displaced and 220,000 have fled to UN refugee camps, according to the World Health Organisation.

(All photos: Ella Navarro)
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