EU's European Commission to provide PA with 11m. Euros

Ashton says package is sign of EU's commitment to PA's "leadership in building a democratic, viable Palestinian state."

December 22, 2010 19:04
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Sec

catherine ashton 311. (photo credit: AP)

The European Union's European Commission decided on Wednesday to provide an initial package worth 11 million Euros to the PA.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Commission Catherine Ashton stated: “This decision is a sign of the strong political and financial commitment of the European Union to the Palestinian Authority and to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's leadership in building a democratic and viable Palestinian state."

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"Palestinian statehood is critical for any peaceful, workable and lasting solution to the conflict,” Ashton added.

In announcing the package, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle said: “By today's decision the Commission wants to give a signal to the Palestinian people that they can count on our continued support in 2011 as in the past.”

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