The parties to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute confirmed in Annapolis their agreement to engage in vigorous and continuous negotiations and to make every effort to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008.
We believe that Annapolis offers a genuine opportunity to make progress in the Middle East peace process.
However, there are always difficulties to overcome. But the Paris conference, on 17 December 2007 helped to raise international pledges of more than US$7 billion for the occupied Palestinian territories. As such, it represents a significant contribution to the peace process. It confirmed the unequivocal political support and commitment of international partners, including Arab countries, to support the economic development of the future Palestinian state.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has seconded: one Executive Officer equivalent; one Higher Executive Officer equivalent; and one Senior Civil Servant equivalent to work in the right hon. Tony Blair’s office. The FCO is funding their salaries. The Department for International Development has seconded one Principal Officer—grade six and is funding this salary, allowances and accommodation costs. It would not be appropriate to give salary details as to do so could reveal individuals’ salaries.
Neither the FCO nor the Department for International Development is responsible for ongoing travel or incidental costs.
The Government understand that the European Commission has provided €5 million to the UN Development Programme Trust Fund that inter alia supports the Quartet Representative’s mission. It will be a matter for the Quartet to determine whether to publish details of Mr. Blair’s team, costs and funding.
The Government understand that the European Commission has provided €5 million to the UN Development Programme Trust Fund that inter alia supports the Quartet Representative’s mission. The UK provided £400,000 to the UN Development Programme Trust Fund on 3 December 2007. The Government have no plans to provide further support at present but will keep under close review how they can best support Mr. Blair’s work.