Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, participating in the Conference of Donors for the Palestinian State in Paris, confirmed that Estonia will donate nearly 11 million kroons (1 million USD) in 2008-2010 to support the Palestine-Israel peace process.
According to the foreign minister, this is the largest contribution Estonia has ever made to global conflict resolution. “We hope this will help in the formation of a Palestinian state, including the creation of effective security forces, and also help to prevent further attacks on Israeli residents,” said Paet. “Tensions in the Middle-East have directly or indirectly caused new global problems to develop, such as international terrorism,” he added.
Paet also met with the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Riyad al-Maliki in Paris.
At the meeting, the situation in the Palestinian Authority including the Gaza Strip and the initiation of peace talks were discussed. The ministers also discussed cooperating with neighbouring nations to move the peace process forward, as well as bilateral relations.
Foreign Minister Paet expressed his pleasure over the fact that politicians in Palestine and Israel found an opportunity to resume the peace process within the framework agreed upon in Annapolis. “We feel that achieving peace in the Middle East is essential in view of both regional and global security,” said Paet.
I guess that this will make many scream !