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Lavrov Calls Israeli to End Unacceptable Gaza Siege
Ramallah, March 21, 2008 (RNA)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday during a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah that Israel must lift the unacceptable siege on Gaza strip and to stop building settlements in West Bank.
Lavrov added that Russia was very much concerned about Israeli construction on land the Palestinians claim for a future state
"We are worried by the Israeli settlement activity and urge Israel to end it," Lavrov said at a news conference with Abbas.
Lavrov also called on Israel to lift the crippling sanctions it imposed on Hamas-run Gaza in January in a bid to end almost daily rocket fire from the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
"The blockade imposed against Gaza is unacceptable and it must be ended so the Palestinian people can live normally," he said.
Following talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Lavrov also said Russia would soon set a date for proposed peace conference Moscow wants to host and which he is promoting on his Middle East tour," date for the conference "will be fixed in the near future," Lavrov said.

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