Netherlands funds police in Palestinian Territories
31 May 2007 | Development minister Bert Koenders and foreign minister Maxime Verhagen are giving the Palestinian police €6.3 million in financial support this year.
The Palestinian civilian police have played an important role in recent months in containing and calming disturbances among Palestinians, notably in the Gaza Strip; the police must be strengthened to maintain and enhance safety and public order in the Palestinian Territories. The Netherlands is making funds available for this purpose through the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM).
The Dutch contribution will be used to pay all Palestinian police employees an allowance of roughly €360. This allowance will not only help increase safety in the Territories but also improve living conditions for the over 17,000 police officers and their families.