- Associated Press - Monday, September 20, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) — Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad is appealing for more international aid, pledging continued reforms and vowing that his government will be ready for statehood “at any point” if additional assistance is forthcoming.

Mr. Fayyad said the Palestinian Authority is on target to meet its own contributions to its budget but faces a nearly $1 billion shortfall.

Speaking at a meeting with donor nations on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, he said contributions from the United States, European Union and Arab nations would ensure the viability of his administration.

He said it was critical that Israel ease restrictions on Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Mr. Fayyad’s comments followed the release of a World Bank report that praised his reforms.




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