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Source: Sweden
19 January 2006

Continued Swedish participation in Hebron
The Government decided today to continue Swedish participation in the civilian observer mission Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), which monitors the situation in the West Bank city of Hebron in occupied Palestinian territory. Sweden has taken part since February 1997.

"TIPH plays an important role under conditions that are often difficult. Our participation is a concrete contribution in the attempt to reduce tensions between the parties and to act for a peaceful solution to the conflict," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jämtin.

TIPH is made up of some seventy observers from Norway, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Switzerland and Sweden. The observer mission was set up at the request of both the Israeli and the Palestinian parties to the conflict. So far, the parties have requested that TIPH's mandate be extended at six-month intervals. Israel and the Palestinian National Authority have requested that the participating states continue their involvement in TIPH for six months, from 1 February 2006.


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