Coordinating aid to the Palestinians

Last updated: 9/21/2009 // On 22 September, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will chair a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) to provide the principal policy-level coordination for the aid effort to the Palestinian people.

The meeting will focus particularly on the recent plan presented by the Palestinians for the establishment of a Palestinian state within two years. The AHLC will discuss future efforts to ensure the creation of a sustainable economy and robust institutions. The participants at the meeting will include Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Middle East Quartet Envoy Tony Blair. The UN will host the meeting.

 

Mr Støre will chair the meeting in his capacity as chairman of the AHLC. The AHLC was established to help lay a solid foundation for a future two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

Prime Minister Fayyad’s plan for the establishment of a Palestinian state within two years will be a key theme at the meeting. The donor countries will discuss how they, together with the parties, can ensure that a Palestinian state has the necessary economic and institutional basis. The meeting will also discuss the Palestinian Authority’s strained budget situation and the serious situation in Gaza caused by border closures and the cutting off of supplies to the area.

 

Foreign Minister Støre, Prime Minister Fayyad and Middle East Envoy Blair will give a press conference immediately after the meeting.


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