Palestinian Territories

    The European Union offered its assistance in monitoring the flow of aid to Gaza, assuring that no weapon will pass through the enclave. France and Britain also agreed to send warships to Gaza to thwart arms smuggling while Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos proposed the creation of an international monitoring force to assist in sea patrol. Palestinian Legislative Council member Salah al-Bardawil welcomed the assistance, but rejected Israeli presence in the South of Gaza. He stressed that all vessels be allowed to enter the territory.

    Meanwhile, France, Italy and the U.S. pledged a combined USD655 million to strengthen the Palestinian private sector at the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem on June 2-3. The fund is specifically targeted toward high-growth areas of the economy such as information and communication technology, housing, and tourism.

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    • Chiden Balmes

      Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.