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EU seeks ways to fund Palestinians despite Hamas

European Union foreign ministers, who meet in the Austrian town of Salzburg on Friday, will seek ways to continue aiding the Palestinians after a government led by the Hamas militant group takes office soon. Officials say the executive European Commission and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will present a paper reviewing different forms of EU assistance to the Palestinians while keeping up pressure on Hamas, which is on the EU list of terrorist organizations, to moderate its stance toward Israel. Among options the ministers are likely to discuss are re-routing some aid through Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, possibly creating a new disbursement agency independent of the Palestinian Authority or using non-governmental organizations. Full Story

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