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Palestinians: Police

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has put forward for EU efforts to re-engage and expand the EU mission to support the Palestinian civilian police; and if he will make a statement. (159563)

The UK helped secure EU agreement to the re-engagement and expansion of the EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories, and has supported the British Head of Mission’s proposals for making rapid improvements to the capacity of the Palestinian Civil Police by providing equipment, training and advice. The UK is contributing to the mission with personnel and equipment, and we are considering further financial contributions to projects that will support the work of the mission. In the longer term we support the mission's plans to drive forward transformation of the Palestinian civil police as part of wider criminal justice and security sector reform.