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Additional Japanese Funding

A Japan-Egypt Joint Statement (click here for full text), issued in connection with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to Egypt on 16-17 January 2015, made reference in its paragraph 36 to the MFO in the following terms:

"36. President El-Sisi expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Abe's intention to strengthen support for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) deployed in the Sinai Peninsula. Prime Minister Abe highly appreciated Egypt's crucial role in the Middle East peace process. Prime Minister Abe announced his intention to extend, with the approval of the Diet, contribution amounting to US $1.04 million to MFO (Multinational Force and Observers)."

 

Japan is the MFO’s oldest Donor State, and has provided an annual contribution since MFO Fiscal Year (FY) 1989. On 3 March 2015, the MFO received official notification of completion of the process of approval for this generous additional contribution in MFO FY 2015 (Japanese FY 2014). This timely and substantial additional funding will be used exclusively for urgent force protection and communications projects proposed by the MFO.

 

The MFO is very grateful for Japan’s sustained support for our mission of peace.

Temporary Dutch Deployment Concludes

The temporary deployment of four Dutch staff officers, which began on 14 January 2013, concluded on 1 February 2015.

 

The MFO greatly appreciates the specialized expertise of the personnel from the Netherlands Royal Maréchaussée who provided technical support in these four positions, two in the area of force protection and two in policing, throughout the period of this temporary deployment.

 

The Netherlands remains fully engaged in the MFO mission of peace as a key Donor State; a role it took on starting in MFO Fiscal Year 2006.

Supplemental German Funding

The MFO is pleased to announce that the Federal Republic of Germany, a long-standing Donor State, has made available additional funding of €287,000 in order to support urgent force protection works at the MFO's North Camp for the construction of immediate-access concrete personnel shelters at various well-trafficked locations on the camp.

 

This is part of a larger series of protective measures necessitated by stray rounds coming onto the camp due to fighting in the vicinity. The project is now underway and is expected to be completed by June 2015. This additional German funding is very welcome and is expected to cover all the costs of strategically locating concrete shelters on the camp to keep our personnel as safe as possible.

 

The MFO is very grateful for this generous and timely additional financial support.