U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has announced what he calls a temporary international mechanism to ensure direct delivery of aid to the Palestinian people.
Mr. Annan spoke in New York Tuesday after talks among the so-called Mideast Quartet -- the United States, Russia, European Union, and United Nations -- on reviving the peace process.
Details of the measure were not spelled out. But European Union foreign affairs commissioner Benita Ferrraro-Waldner says it is aimed at making sure the Palestinian people get the help they need without going through the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States will send 10 million dollars in medicine and aid to the Palestinians.
Mr. Annan said the quartet is repeating demands that Hamas renounce violence and recognize Israel. It also asks Israel to consider the consequences of its military action in the Palestinian territories.
The United States and other Western nations have frozen aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government because it refuses to condemn violence and recognize Israel.