France Helps Palestinian Authority Pay Public Employees

France announced on Monday (May 9) that it is donating €10 million ($14.3 million) to the Palestinian Authority to help the latter pay the salaries of its employees.

The assistance was announced as Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said his government could not pay its employees after Israel halted tax revenue transfers in the wake of the unity deal between the Fatah and Hamas political parties.

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“The Palestinian Authority cannot pay the salaries for the month until the Israeli government transfers the money,” Fayyad said, as quoted by Agence France-Presse.

France’s foreign ministry has criticized Israel’s decision, saying it was “detrimental to the reforms and the establishment of institutions put in place under the authority’s President [Mahmoud] Abbas.”

The European Union has earlier announced that it is increasing its 2011 assistance for the Palestinian territories by €85 million as part of the bloc’s support for the Palestinian Authority’s institution-building program.

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