Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Palestinians urge donors to comply

Norwegian foreign minister Espen Barth Eide speaks to the media after a meeting of the Donor Support Group for the Palestinian Authorities (AP)

The Palestinian finance minister has warned that the two-state solution is in jeopardy if the Palestinian Authority does not get a major infusion of cash to alleviate its severe fiscal crisis.

Nabeel Kassis said the authority needs money to function to prepare for statehood, noting that donors who pledged 300 million US dollars (£185 million) have not paid up.

He also urged the international community to go beyond expressions of support and take action to create "the political horizon" to quickly end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Kassis spoke after a meeting of 27 donor nations, global financial institutions and representatives of the Quartet of Mid East peace mediators - the UN, US, European Union and Russia.

Norway's foreign minister Espen Barth Eide, who chaired the meeting, said the Palestinians' economic situation "is dire and is getting worse".

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