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Gaza meeting in Copenhagen

There are confirmed reports of a senior officials meeting in Copenhagen next week to discuss policing the borders of the Gaza Strip to stop weapons smuggling.

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, a meeting of senior officials from the United States, the European Union, Israel and possibly Egypt is to convene in Copenhagen next week to discuss how to stabilise the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Denmark’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed a meeting is to take place, but it remains unclear as to what level of officials will take part in the meeting, or what the official agenda is.

Quoting Israeli officials, Yedioth Ahronoth says that the Copenhagen meeting is to “discuss the influx of arms smuggling from Iran to Hamas in Gaza. This following the commitment made by European nations and the US as part of the January 16th deal between then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni”.

According to the report, other topics on the agenda include the allocation and deployment of troops and naval vessels to stop smuggling.

Danish support
Earlier this month, Denmark and the Netherlands said they were ready to support a reintroduction of EU monitoring of the border between Gaza and Egypt when that becomes possible.

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