Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 8, 2005

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For IMMEDIATE Release

Overview of U.S Support for Palestine
Ros-Lehtinen Schedules Wednesday Hearing on U.S. Policy Changes

BACKGROUND: Earlier this month, top U.S. and European officials met in London with the democratically elected Palestinian leadership to consider a new assistance program for the Palestinians. In London, the Palestinian Authority committed to continue reforms in the areas of governance, security, and finance. This comes just weeks after President Bush said he would seek $350 million in assistance for the Palestinians to help support the emergence of a viable democratic state. Last month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice released an additional $41 million in previously obligated funds for immediate use. U.S. assistance programs aim to support private sector development, water resources, democracy and governance, health, community services and higher education. Since the democratic election of Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, who has outwardly condemned violence, negotiations have resumed on the establishment of a two state solution to the conflict.

WHAT: Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward the Palestinians in the Post-Arafat Era
Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia,
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair
 
WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2005
 
WHERE: Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
 
WITNESSES: David M. Satterfield, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and James Kunder, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development.

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