Ayalon demanded that Norway, as Chair of a donor support group for the Palestinian Authority, stop transferring funds to the Fatah-Hamas government.
(Communicated by Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met in Oslo on Friday, 6 May 2011, with Norway’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, and State Secretary, Mr. Espen Barth Eide. At the meeting, Ayalon demanded that Norway, as Chair of a donor support group for the Palestinian Authority, stop transferring funds to the Fatah-Hamas government because the money is liable to end up funding attacks on Israeli citizens, including children.
Regarding the Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood planned for September, Deputy FM Ayalon told the Norwegians that from the city that more than any other symbolizes the peace process, it would be fitting to issue an unequivocal condemnation of the unilateral move that symbolizes the abandonment of the process.
At a joint press conference held by Ayalon and his Norwegian counterpart, Mr. Eide said, "Hamas must accept the Quartet’s conditions, which are part of the Oslo Accords. We support the process and oppose unilateral moves."
Deputy FM Ayalon’s visit in Oslo was the final leg in his week-long tour of European and Baltic states. During the tour, Ayalon worked to form a moral majority of the General Assembly against the Palestinian unilateral plans. Two of the states he visited, Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which are members of the Security Council, expressed dissatisfaction with the Palestinian unilateral moves.