COGAT’s Briefing to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, 18 July 2010

The Spokesman of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announces that today, July 18, 2010, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yossi Gal, met with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, at the Erez Crossing. During the meeting, Maj. Gen. Dangot elaborated on the steps taken in order to implement the government’s policies regarding the Gaza Strip and presented data on the daily entry of goods via the crossings.

Maj. Gen. Dangot described the increase in the volume of goods passing through the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings. The Ministry of Defense Crossings Authority representative also emphasized that the capacity has been increased to 150 truckloads per day via Kerem Shalom, and that since July 4, construction work has been carried out by the Palestinian Authority on the Palestinian side of the crossing in order to increase the crossing’s capacity to 250 truckloads a day by July 31.

Maj. Gen. Dangot also presented the High Representative with a list of projects that were approved in addition to the 14 projects approved by the Palestinian Authority and commenced prior to the Cabinet’s decision.

Maj. Gen. Dangot emphasized that Israel will continue to provide solutions to the needs raised by the Palestinian Authority and the international community, based on the existing crossings and the maintenance of the Kerem Shalom Crossing as the main commodities crossing. The policies will be implemented in accordance with security considerations and with the fact that the Hamas terror organization continues to control the Gaza Strip.

The COGAT Spokesman further announces that the transfer of the cargo from the Libyan vessel began this morning via the Kerem Shalom Crossing, following coordination between Israel and Egypt. The remainder of the cargo from the vessel will be transferred into Gaza without interrupting the daily coordination of 150 truckloads of goods.

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