Announcement

Foreign Secretary statement on the interception of the ship, the Rachel Corrie

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I am glad that the interception of the Rachel Corrie has been resolved peacefully

As I set out in the House of Commons last week, we want to see a full, credible, impartial and independent investigation into the events surrounding last week’s interception of the Gaza flotilla, which resulted in the tragic deaths of nine people.

We continue to stress to the Israeli government the importance of an investigation that ensures accountability and commands the confidence of the international community, and includes international participation.

We urgently need to see unfettered access to Gaza to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza and to enable the reconstruction of homes, livelihoods and trade. That is why we continue to press the Government of Israel to lift Gaza’s closure. I am also discussing these issues urgently with our international partners - including during my visits to European capitals in the next few days.”