- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Palestinian refugees to get $1.2 million

COPENHAGEN — The government said yesterday that it will give the equivalent of $1.2 million in emergency humanitarian aid to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees to help ease the financial crisis brought on by the international boycott of the Hamas government.

The Danish gift comes in response to an appeal to international donors by the United Nations, Development Aid Minister Ulla Toernaes said. The United States and the European Union, the main donors to the Palestinians, suspended aid after the militant group Hamas won elections in January. The boycott has put the Palestinian Authority on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Danish government gives $10.3 million a year to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian education and health programs. Karen Abu Zayd, the head of UNRWA, is touring Nordic countries and is scheduled to visit Denmark tomorrow and Friday.


Hamas aide is granted a visa

OSLO — Norway’s immigration authorities said yesterday that they have granted a visa to a Palestinian deputy belonging to Hamas, and that they are studying a visa application by another Hamas lawmaker.

The recipient of the visa was not identified, but press reports said he probably was Yehya Moussa al-Abadseh, deputy for the Gaza district, who had been invited by the Palestine Committee of Norway. The second application probably concerns Salah Mohammad al-Bardawil, who was refused entry into France this month, the reports said.

Norway and France are signatories of the so-called Schengen accord, which allows holders of a visa from any member country to enter all the others. No Schengen country had objected to the visa granted to the deputy.

Weekly notes …

An 11-nation commission was finalizing arrangements yesterday to open a vast archive documenting the death, enslavement or oppression of 17 million Jews and others deemed undesirable by the Nazis. The bid to unlock the storehouse of about 50 million files in the German town of Bad Arolsen comes under pressure from the dying generation of Holocaust survivors and victims’ families, who fear their histories will be lost forever. The proposal would give researchers immediate access to concentration camp registrations, death certificates, transit lists and other minutiae of evil the Nazis meticulously recorded. … Ahmed Adballah Sambi, 48, whose victory in the Comoros presidential election was announced yesterday, is a popular Islamic cleric and successful businessman who has pledged to fight poverty and corruption in the archipelago in the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and southeast Africa. With also-rans garnering less than 42 percent of the vote, the talented orator popularly known as “the Ayatollah” has a clear mandate to lead the country for the next five years.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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