EU official to PA: Financial support won't continue forever; Abbas: talks only choice for Palestinians
A European Union official said Tuesday that the EU will continue to sustain financially Palestinian efforts to build their independent state, but cautioned that this support would not continue without clear progress in the peace process with Israel.
EU representative to the Palestinian Authority Christian Burger made the comment after signing an agreement with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah to provide the PA with more than 158 million euros ($220 million) in financial aid.
He said that the EU will continue to support Palestinian state- building efforts if there are clear signs that this money will lead to that goal. Haaretz.com
Pressure from the EU on the Palestinian Authority leadership could get peace talks moving forward again. While attending a ceremony of the Armenian Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday evening that the "Palestinians don't have any choice other than negotiations." Xinhuanet.com
Mr. Abbas also went on to say that he hopes 2010 is the year for Middle East peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as the capital.
For the first time since 2001, Israel has permitted the Palestinian Authority to conduct an official diplomatic meeting with a foreign national in East Jerusalem. Certainly, this is no coincidence and is a product of increased pressure from the United States and European Union.
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