Press Releases, 10/10/2014
Development Minister Paatero to attend the Gaza reconstruction conference
Press Release 222/2014
10 October 2014
Development Minister Sirpa Paatero will take part in the donors conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which will be held in Cairo on 12 October 2014. The objective of the conference is to engage the commitment of the international community to support the reconstruction of Gaza and the longer-range development of the Palestinian territory (2014–2017). The political objectives of the conference are to support the preconditions for a lasting ceasefire agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and to strengthen the Palestinian Authority’s role in the Gaza Strip and in the whole of the occupied Palestinian territory.
Convened by Norway and Egypt, this high-level conference will be co-chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Araby, the Middle East Quartet Representative Tony Blair, as well as Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius of France and Federica Mogherini of Italy. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is one of the conference hosts.
Additional information: Chief of Cabinet Claus Lindroos, tel. +358 295 351 234 and Counsellor Marja Rosvall, tel. +358 295 351 817