We are supportive of Prime Minister Fayyad’s two year plan to progress Palestinian governance and institutional capacity building efforts.
Making progress on these issues is essential for the creation of a future Palestinian State. The UK therefore discusses them regularly with key partners: EU Foreign Ministers most recently pledged their support for the proposal at the General Affairs and External Relations Council on 17 November 2009; my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has regular conversations on the Middle East Peace Process with US Special Envoy to the Middle East, Senator George Mitchell; and on 2 November 2009, the Foreign Secretary released a joint statement with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov where we urged:
“the Palestinian National Authority to continue in its efforts to strengthen security and the rule of law, building on achievements reached so far”.