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PA okays 2 million for Arafat museum plans

July 28, 2009 5:57 A.M. (Updated: July 30, 2009 10:42 A.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - The Palestinian Authority will find the building of a museum dedicated to the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the cabinet decided Monday.

The PA will assume the costs of construction and operations of the new museum, which will play home to documents and artifacts from the history of the Palestinian National Movement, including many articles that belonged to Arafat.

The collection will take the form of a retrospective on Arafat’s life, and has a budget of 2 million US dollars for its first phase. Palestinian architect called Ja’far Tuqan is set to design the building.

Also on the agenda of the weekly cabinet meeting was the financial crisis of the Palestinian National Authority (or PA) and issues around some donor countries, including Arab and western states, not yet fulfilling their pledges.

Last week the PA signed an agreement with the United States for 200 million dollars in budgetary assistance, and the week before two separate agreements with the World Bank were signed for 40 and 32.5 million US dollars.

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