Palestinians appeal for EU aid before elections

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 5 (AFP) - Palestinian vice president Nabil Shaath pleaded Tuesday for urgent European financial aid ahead of Palestinian legislative elections in July.

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 5 (AFP) - Palestinian vice president Nabil Shaath pleaded Tuesday for urgent European financial aid ahead of Palestinian legislative elections in July.

Shaath made the appeal to a group of visiting French deputies, a spokeswoman for the delegation said.

"Mr Shaath explained that the majority of the Palestinian people don't want an Islamist state," the spokeswoman said in reference to the radical Islamist Palestinian group Hamas which plans to part in the July 17 polls.

The EU is the largest donor of aid to the Palestinians.

The office of EU External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in February that the bloc would provide the Palestinian Authority with EUR 250 million (USD 320 million) to help set up a viable Palestinian state and rebuild shattered infrastructure.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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