Ma'an News Agency
March 1, 2010 - 1:00am

The Palestinian Authority has made “enormous progress” in preparing for statehood based on the rule of law and in the spirit of good governance, “even under the current difficult political environment”, said Christian Berger on Friday, the EU representative in the occupied Palestinians territories.

His comments came as officials from the EU and the PA met in Brussels on Friday to continue dialogue on human rights, good governance and the rule of law in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The second round of the Human Rights, Good Governance and Rule of Law Sub-Committee between the PA and the EU was held "in a frank and open atmosphere, with a productive exchange on issues of mutual interest and concern," a statement said.

The meeting provided for a review of the implementation of priorities under the EU-PA ENP Action Plan.

The human rights situation in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, rights of women and children, freedom of the press, unlawful arrests and conditions in Palestinian detention centers were among the concerns addressed. The PA's progress in strengthening the rule of law through judiciary and security sector reforms was equally discussed, the statement added.

"The EU is working in close partnership with the Palestinian Authority to assist its efforts in the field of human rights, good governance and the rule of law on the basis of jointly agreed objectives," Berger said.


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