France says Israel plan to ease Gaza blockade 'not enough'

17th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

France on Thursday said Israel's decision Thursday to ease its blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip was a sign of "progress" but did not go far enough.

"It is the first major progress since the crisis began. But it is not enough," Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters.

"If one day the blockade can be fully lifted, then we will be very happy," he added.

Israel on Thursday approved a plan to ease the blockade following weeks of international pressure, but provided few details on what new goods would be allowed in.

Israel's decision was a response to mounting international calls to ease the four-year blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory after a deadly raid on a fleet of aid ships on May 31.

© 2010 AFP

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