"As is" reference - not a United Nations document
In announcing the new program, Feltman stressed "the importance of the international community moving quickly to address the priority needs of the Palestinian population in those areas from which the Israeli military has withdrawn." He further noted that "the US program will help create the conditions necessary for Palestinians to achieve the benchmarks set forth in President Bush's June 24, 2002 speech and the agreed-upon Road Map."
Garber elaborated on USAID's plans to provide immediate assistance to the Palestinian population based on consultations with PA Ministers and local officials in northern Gaza communities. He stated that USAID:
USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program, which provides economic and humanitarian aid in more than 80 countries worldwide. Since 1994, the USAID West Bank and Gaza program has provided more than $1 billion in assistance to Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. For additional information on this and other USAID West Bank and Gaza programs, visit the USAID website at: www.usaid.gov/wbg.
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