The EU could play a bigger role in ensuring aid gets into Gaza and weapons are kept out, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has said. He urged Israel to accept an international probe into the deaths of nine activists on a Turkish aid ship. He spoke alongside UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, who said Europe would maintain pressure on Israel.Israel, which blockades Gaza over fears of rocket attacks, has ruled out international involvement in any probe. The deaths a week ago sparked global condemnation but defiance from Israel, which insists it has the right to defend itself. Another aid ship, the Irish-owned Rachel Corrie, was intercepted by Israel on Saturday and officials have begun deporting its crew and activists. In response to criticism that Europe had not taken enough action, Mr Kouchner said the EU was willing to check cargo on ships going into Gaza, and to play more of a role in controlling the Rafah border crossing from Egypt to Gaza. William Hague (L) will seek a consensus with other EU nations "The European Union must participate politically and concretely more than it already does - and it does a lot already - in the path towards peace," he said. Mr Hague stopped short of calling for an international inquiry, but urged Israel to accept a "credible and transparent" investigation. "We believe there should be an international presence at minimum in that inquiry or investigation," he said. The BBC's Christian Fraser, in Paris, says Mr Hague will be pressing the same message when he visits Rome, Berlin and Warsaw later this week. Earlier, the UN hardened proposals for an international probe, and sent their plans to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Israel's US ambassador Michael Oren said his country would reject the proposals, and reiterated that an internal inquiry would be held. He said Israel would not apologise for the incident, in which eight Turkish citizens and a joint US-Turkish national were killed by Israeli commandos.