EU to resume direct aid to Abbas' government

The European Union is set to restart direct assistance to the Palestinian emergency government as part of efforts to support President Mahmoud Abbas, EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana said Monday.

 EU to resume direct aid to Abbas' government
The European Union is set to restart direct assistance to the Palestinian emergency government as part of efforts to support President Mahmoud Abbas, EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana said Monday.

Solana, arriving for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, did not give details of when aid payments would restart but said direct EU assistance would only go to the West Bank.

"Part of the money will be direct," said Solana, adding that funds meant for Gaza may have to be sent through the United Nations.

The EU foreign and security policy chief said it was important that the new Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was "able to construct a budget" that would help "both people in Gaza and the people in the West Bank."

The EU would have have "direct relations economically" with Fayyad, said Solana, adding that he hoped for a reconciliation between the Hamas and Fatah factions.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also told reporters EU governments were determined to work with President Abbas.

Steinmeier said he would also ask Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who will be meeting EU ministers later on Monday, for Israeli backing for Abbas. Germany currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2007, 12:39
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