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Aid sought for Palestinians

Countries at a one-day conference today agreed to commit more than $240 million to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority’s police force and court system, a diplomat said.

Donors have committed $242 million to projects that include police training and building a forensic lab, prisons and courthouses, said a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity because the gathering was still ongoing.

Organizers had hoped representatives from more than 40 countries at the conference would commit about $190 million.

"It is not a question of Israel or the international community demanding it of us," Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said. "Security is the most important service any responsible government must provide to its citizens.

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"It is as much a Palestinian interest as an Israeli interest," he said.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni stressed that, for Israel, law enforcement and security "are the basic requirements that must be met in order to create a Palestinian state."

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