(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The EU Thursday announced the prolongation of the EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) until 30 June 2016.
The mission is part of wider EU efforts in support of Palestinian state-building in the context of working towards a comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution, noted the EU Council of Ministers in a statement.
The mission has been assisting the Palestinian Authority in building the institutions of a future State of Palestine in the areas of policing and criminal justice since January 2006.
Through its contribution to security and justice sectors reform, the mission supports efforts to increase the security of the Palestinian population and to reinforce the rule of law. A budget of 9.17 million euro has been allocated for the mission's activities between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
At the same time, the Council extended the mandate of the EU border assistance mission for the Rafah crossing point (EU BAM Rafah) until 30 June 2016. (end)