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Denmark meets Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah

07.05.2015  09:17
The Danish representative, Anders Tang Friborg, met with the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah on Thursday, April 30.


Prime Minister Hamdallah gave a thorough and informative briefing on the status of the reconciliation process. In spite of the fact that this was a very challenging process, the Prime Minister expressed his clear commitment and determination to implement the reconciliation agreement. Achieving reintegration between Gaza and the West Bank remained one of his main priorities.

Another key focus during the meeting was the Danish development assistance to Palestine. Following the Gaza-conflict in 2014 and the budget challenges facing Palestine, Denmark has provided additional support and accelerated several other large-scale contributions. This includes funding for reconstruction and humanitarian needs in Gaza, the Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem and UNRWA. Denmark has fully complied with its pledges made at the ‘Reconstructing Gaza’ conference in Cairo last fall.

The Prime Minister and the Danish representative also discussed the reform process within the municipal sector, where Denmark is actively engaged as the lead donor.

The meeting also provided a chance to discuss the human rights situation in Palestine. Denmark commended Palestine’s signing and ratification of a wide-range of human rights treaties and noted that it has sent a strong signal about the Palestinian commitment in this field. Palestine’s reporting to the various human rights treaty bodies will be an important next step and Denmark has already provided technical assistance for this process. The reporting will provide an opportunity to produce a nuanced assessment of the human rights situation in Palestine.

The Danish representative, Anders Tang Friborg, stated afterwards: "The meeting provided a chance to brief the Prime Minister on the Danish support for Palestine. Especially the assistance to Gaza, where Denmark has complied with our pledges at the Cairo conference, and the Danish support for the Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem. It was also an opportunity to discuss reforms within the municipal sector - where Denmark is lead donor - and the human rights situation in Palestine."



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