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(ITU) ITU to take help Palestinian build telecom infrastructure

2014/11/06 14:07

By Kang Yoon-seung

BUSAN, Nov. 6 (Yonhap) -- The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on Thursday endorsed two resolutions on Palestine, including providing it with assistances to build its own ICT infrastructure.

The Resolution 125 calls on members to make efforts in "providing all forms of assistance and support to Palestine bilaterally and through executive measures taken by ITU in rebuilding, restoring and developing the Palestinian telecommunication network."

   Specifically, it assists Palestine in obtaining and managing the required radio spectrum to operate its telecommunication networks and wireless services.

"This is important for us. We can join the rest of the world, and it will be easier to become a part of the civilized world. And we can build our ICT sectors and build more careers," Allam Mousa, Palestine's minister of telecom and information technology, told Yonhap News Agency. "This is also a benefit for the ITU."

   The Israeli delegation declined to comment on the resolution.

A separate resolution stipulates that Palestine be referred to as "the State of Palestine" in official ITU documents and events.

"These two resolutions are making ITU bigger than ever," said Hamadoun Toure, the ITU secretary general, after their approval. "I need to congratulate both the state of Palestine and the state of Israel for their willingness to work this out and come to a common agreement."

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