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Federal Foreign Office supports the Palestinian police with 20 patrol cars

18.03.2008 - Press release

A viable two-state solution in the Middle East requires effective Palestinian structures. These include a well-equipped police force which is in a position to maintain security and order. In the coming weeks 20 new, modern police patrol cars will be handed over to the Palestinian Government, financed with German Government funds. Today, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier symbolically presented the first two vehicles to Mr Hael Al Fahoum, Palestinian General Delegate to Germany.

At the Middle East Conference in Annapolis (27 November 2007) and the Donor Conference in Paris (17 December 2007), the international community committed to continue to actively support the Middle East peace process and promote the growth of state structures in the Palestinian territories. The primary goal is to build a modern and efficient Palestinian police force and to develop a state based on the rule of law. The EU Action Plan for the Middle East proposed by Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier also attaches priority to the security sector, along with promoting economic and civil-society development. The aim is for the Palestinian authorities to be able to guarantee internal security in the long term.

During a trip to the Middle East in November 2007, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Nablus where he was able to assess the situation in the Palestinian territories and pledged the German Government's support for confidence-building measures in the security sector.

As a result, the Federal Foreign Office launched a set of rapid-impact steps totalling 1 million euro. The first step was to provide the Palestinian police in Nablus with 100 radio devices. In April, 20 new, modern patrol cars worth 500,000 euro will be delivered.

On 19 March, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier presented two of the 20 patrol cars for the Palestinian police to Mr Hael Al Fahoum, Palestinian General Delegate in Germany, during a brief meeting.

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