The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has arrived in Berlin for talks on the Mideast with her German counterpart, Frank Walter Steinmeier. It is part of a wider meeting of the so-called “Quartet” of Middle East peace negotiators which include the EU, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.
It is the mediators’ first opportunity to take stock of last week’s truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
But the main purpose of the conference, organised by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and peace envoy Tony Blair, is discussions on strengthening the Palestinian police force and justice system.
To do that, delegates will be asked to give more than 100-million euros to finance Palestinian driven projects aimed at improving security in the region with the eventual aim of establishing a Palestinian state.