Berlin meeting approves funds for Palestinian security
An international conference pledged 242.3 million dollars Tuesday to help the Palestinians improve state institutions before they take responsibility for their own security, diplomats said.
The funds will be made available over the next four year for concrete projects involving policing and modernization of the judicial system in the West Bank, the diplomats said.
The pledges are more than the 189.9 million dollars requested by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who was present at the day- long conference in the German capital, reported dpa.
Delegates welcomed Fayyad's proposals to revamp the Palestinians' civil police force and creaky courts system, the diplomats said.
The funds are expected to be used for improvements to infrastructure, police training and the purchase of equipment, such as patrol cars and communications devices.
Some of the funds will go to expanding the role of the European Union mission helping the Palestinian Authority reform and retrain its 7,000-strong police force.
Currently there are 33 EUPOL COPPS police advisers in the West Bank and the number could soon by augmented by 20 legal experts, diplomats said.
The gathering in the German capital comes in the wake of a major donors' conference in Paris in December, which raised 7.4 billion dollars in aid for the cash-starved Palestinians.