The government said Thursday it will provide $300,000 in communications equipment and technical assistance to the security institutions of the Palestinian Authority.

The aid, to be provided through the U.N. Development Program, will help Palestinian efforts to tighten security, a step to bolster the U.S.-led “road map” peace process aimed at ending violence between Palestinians and Israelis and creating a Palestinian state in 2005, government officials said.

The financial assistance is part of $22 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority pledged by Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi during her visit to the Middle East in April.

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