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23 April 2003
President Prodi’s declaration on new PA cabinet
April 23, 2003: Declaration of President Prodi on breakthrough in talks on new PA cabinet (Brussels)
The President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, gave this reaction to today's announcement of a breakthrough in talks on a new PA cabinet:
"I very much welcome the news concerning the agreement on the composition of the new cabinet of the Palestinian Authority. We now look forward to its early presentation to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in the hope that it can gain parliamentary confirmation and take up its duties as soon as possible.
This marks a major step forward for the Palestinian Authority (PA) as it pursues the reforms necessary to build an administration that will provide the foundations of a viable Palestinian state.
The European Commission now expects the Road Map to peace, as agreed last December by the Quartet of the EU, the US, the UN and Russia, to be presented to partners in Israel and the PA so that they start implementing it without delay.
The people of Israel and the Palestinian Territories have already waited too long for peace: there is no more time to lose."