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Gunilla Carlsson

Government may cut aid to Palestinians

The Swedish government may reduce the financial aid it provides to the Palestinian territories because of a lack of progress in peace talks with Israel.

At issue is SEK 200 million that Sweden spends on infrastructure developments, such as water and electricity projects. Sweden invests a total of SEK 700 million a year in development aid for the West Bank and Gaza.

"Is it worthwhile for us to continue to construct the necessary structures for a two-state solution if Israel and Palestine don't want to sit down at the negotiating table?" asks Gunilla Carlsson, Minister of International Development Cooperation.

Kenneth G. Forsland, spokesman on development aid policy for the opposition Social Democratic Party, rejects the proposed action by Gunilla Carlsson and the coalition government.

"It is a wrong priority for the government to back away from Palestine," says Kenneth G. Forsland.

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