UN General Assembly - AHLC Palestine Donor's Conference: round table and statement by Benita Ferrero-Waldner
End production: 24/09/2007 First transmission: 24/09/2007
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, assisted in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. This Assembly is an opportunity for all countries to meet also out of the context of the Climate Change Conference. One of the meetings planned was the AHLC Palestine Donor's Conference. Benita Ferrero-Waldner expressed her feeling about the peace process in the Middle East.
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||United Nations flag
||Exterior view of the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2 shots)
||General view of the AHLC Palestine Donor's Conference (2 shots)
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that they are very much involved in the process and the Quartet meeting was one of the best she had ever seen;
even if it is a very complex situation, there is a new sense of momentum there, a sense of hope; because Ehud Olmert, Israeli Prime Minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, had many bilateral meetings and they have started to really tackle final status questions; now they have to be translated into working documents and hopefully at the International Meeting in November 2007 there will be some sort of joint statement and that could bring the political process forward;
without a political process, no hope, no solution, but on the other hand, the political process alone will also not do it; therefore, it is necessary to also find a real Palestinian development program and questions have to be tackled, like 'how can the ordinary Palestinian live in a better way'
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) on assistance through the Temporary International Mechanism;
saying that she is very happy to say that this assistance through the temporary international mechanism will continue until the end of the year; this was also said in the Quartet statement; and, thus the EU can still work with those people absolutely in need and they also do not let the population in the Gaza Strip down; they are still in favour of a viable State both of West Bank and Gaza