The central aim of the London Meeting was to help the Palestinian leadership strengthen the institutions of the Palestinian Authority. In doing so the UK and the international community has agreed also to work to support Palestinian efforts to prepare for the anticipated Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Strong institutions of governance, a more effective security apparatus and renewed economic development should enable the Palestinian Authority to build on the opportunity of these withdrawals and ensure they deliver real benefits to the Palestinian people.
Outputs from the London Meeting include:
agreement to support the PA's plans on governance, security and economic development;
agreement to address the PA's short-term economic priorities;
agreement to hold a meeting of international donors later in 2005 to address the longer term challenges facing the Palestinian economy;
a new mechanism to galvanise international private sector involvement;
a US-led co-ordinating group on security to provide practical help and training to the PA;
agreement to streamline and energise the international structures for supporting Palestinian reform and economic development.
|Table summarising conclusions of London Meeting (PDF, 24K)|
The UK sees the London Meeting as part of a longer-term process of international support for the Palestinians and a contribution to helping both sides return to implementation of the Roadmap, which remains the international community's agreed path towards a lasting negotiated settlement to the Middle East Conflict.
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