Oslo delays donor meeting for Palestinians in wake of abduction

Norway says ‘situation is not conducive’ to discussion of aid; move made in consultation with Palestinians, Israel, US and EU

Borge Brende (center), Norway’s Foreign Minister (AP/The United Nations, Amanda Voisard)
Borge Brende (center), Norway’s Foreign Minister (AP/The United Nations, Amanda Voisard)

Norway said Tuesday a planned meeting of an international donor group for the Palestinians had been delayed, with tensions running high after the abduction of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), which is responsible for coordinating international support for the Palestinians and is chaired by Norway, was set to meet in Oslo on June 25.

But Norwegian foreign ministry spokesman Frode Andersen said: “The situation is not conducive to having an AHLC meeting at this point.”

He told AFP by email that the decision was made in coordination with the Palestinians, the Israelis, the EU and the US.

He did not give a specific reason for the delay, nor say when a new meeting would be held.

But it comes after Israel accused the Palestinian militant group Hamas of kidnapping three teenagers who went missing in the West Bank last week, triggering a huge manhunt.

To Israel’s dismay, Hamas and Fatah, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, reached a landmark reconciliation deal which led to the formation of a unity government this month.

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