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Arab League calling in pledges to fund PA
Published Friday 14/12/2012 (updated) 16/12/2012 13:44
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Arab League has begun calling in donor pledges to Palestine from its members, but cannot confirm the exact date the so-called Arab safety net will be transferred to the government.

Assistant Secretary General of Palestine Affairs in the Arab League Mohammad Sbeih told Ma’an on Thursday evening that the group had opened communications with Arab states over the $100 million monthly payment promised on Sunday.

Sbeih said they have yet to get official responses, and will send formal communiques to Arab states on Sunday to ascertain their position towards contributions.

The monthly donation from the Arab League will be split according to each member states' contribution to the League budget, Sbeih said.

He said the date of the first payment had yet to be determined.

Some Arab states might decline to contribute due to their own financial problems, he said. Meanwhile, he noted that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia recently transferred funds to the Palestinian Authority, while Egypt donated money for Gaza's electricity bill.

The safety net is meant to cushion the indebted Palestinian Authority government while Israel withholds part of its tax revenues, most recently after Palestine won a membership upgrade at the UN on Nov. 29.
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1 ) some one / some where
14/12/2012 11:11
why play game send the money directly to ministers and relative acount and done with it as usual i would love to get not 100,000,000 but 1000 a month for nothing this is grate and when because of debit they hold you tax you complain it a blackmail and people around the world say oh those poor people the people are poor because money siphone to leaders accounts

2 ) The Watcher / ME
14/12/2012 13:38
This should be interesting. These lot like to blow hot air, but will they come up with the spondulas ?

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
14/12/2012 14:03
It is long over-due now, and it should always have been like this, with the Arab League member-states supporting the PA, Palestinians, and refugees,
instead of allowing the the USA, EU, UU, or even UNRWA to help !!!

4 ) Arnold / Canada
14/12/2012 14:22
Show me the money ! ! !

5 ) EE / UK
14/12/2012 15:53
Do they deposit money directly to Abbas's accounts in Switzerland, Dubai and Qatar like they did with Arafat's accounts before? How much kick-back they expect? Please elaborate.

6 ) shirley / australaia
14/12/2012 21:18
PA should also be adjusting paris protocol to start pals own tax collecting this agreement is illegal and staes that crafted it had no respect for international law and knew it in reality embeds the occupation ABBASS said after UN vote there would be changes to it but so far has done nothing and palestinians will not woit forever for him to start implementaing changes to get rid of the occupation talks need to be about getting rid of settlements Isreal can not withold money for stolen recources
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