Thu 29 Nov 2007
Source: The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered to help Palestinians build a new state as one of several Canadian contributions to the renewed Mideast peace process. Harper’s comments yesterday came as a three-day Middle East peace summit wrapped up in Annapolis, Md. Harper has offered to help Palestinians in three areas: security, building democratic structures and, his office said in a statement, "development issues related to the creation of a Palestinian state." A spokeswoman for Harper said it’s too early to tell what specific types of projects those offers might take — but she said the prime minister wants to be kept abreast of progress from bimonthly Arab-Israeli meetings. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to try to reach a peace settlement by the end of next year.