Extracts from the joint press conference by Marc Otte, Colin Smith and Kees Klompenhouwer, on the EU Police Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS)

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-058009   Duration: 10:03:12  Lieu:
End production: 23/06/2008   First transmission: 23/06/2008
On the eve of the Conference in Support of Palestinian Civil Security and the Rule of Law, the EU made a wrap up of the activities already developped and the needs of the future in the security sector. Marc Otte, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, underlined the importance of the rule of law and the police to build the Palestinian State.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the press conference 00:00:07
10:00:12 Marc Otte, EU Special Representative for the Middle East peace process, (in ENGLISH) saying that this is part of an Action Plan, this is not a sort of fantasy by the EU; they have adopted a strategy in the wake of Annapolis to help build the Palestinian State and to provide solutions for a final status between Israelis and Palestinians; and the rule of law and the police is a fundamental component of this strategy 00:00:28
10:00:40 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:00:44 Kees Klompenhouwer, EU Civilian Operations Commander and Director of the CPCC, (in ENGLISH) saying that their objective is to contribute to a sustainable and effective Palestinian police under Palestinian ownership which operates in accordance with international standards; and for that they have on the ground about 30 international police experts and they want to increase that to about 50 00:00:32
10:01:16 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:01:21 Colin Smith, Head of the EU Police Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), (in ENGLISH) saying that the aim is to look at the whole criminal justice system from police to prisons through courts and to fix what is broken, to find out what is not working, to have within the shortest possible time the whole of that system operating to a minimum standard so it is operating; there is time to develop much of it to a higher standard, but at the moment, it is about fixing it, it is about making sure that it works; it is important because those institutions, police and judiciary, are essential for a Palestinian State, they are essential for a democratic State 00:00:40
10:02:01 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:02:07 Colin Smith (in ENGLISH) saying that they do not engage with the police in Gaza; there are 12,000 of the Palestinian civil police; they were instructed by Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, to go home; they were paid, have been paid, but they were not to support the Hamas security forces; the vast majority of those police officers are still at home being paid, subject to abuse, subject to intimidation, but they have remained loyal to the government 00:00:32
10:02:39 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:02:44 Marc Otte (in ENGLISH) on Rafah; saying that it is first of all a question of internal Palestinian discussions and of maybe more scope for Egyptian mediation; but they are ready to return to the crossing as soon as the conditions are there; he cannot give a time because there are still a lot of uncertainties about that 00:00:28
10:03:12 Cutaway 00:00:05
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