Paris proposes EU check of Gaza-bound ships

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France has proposed that the European Union check the cargo on ships bound for the Gaza Strip as well as taking charge of the Rafah border crossing into the Palestinian territory, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Sunday.

"We could very well check the cargo of ships heading to Gaza... We would be very willing to do it," said Kouchner of the EU role.

He also noted that the EU had taken charge of the Rafah border crossing from Egypt to Gaza in the past.

"We could again propose that the European Union... control this crossing in a very strict manner," he said at a press conference with his British counterpart William Hague.

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