August 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Monday announced the second part of his plan which aims at preparing national institutions for a possible declaration of a Palestinian statehood.

In the second year of the two-year plan, which was first declared in August 2009, would focus on "continuing the rebuilding of the state's organizations."

The newly-revealed part of the plan include spreading the basis of fairness, transparency, separation of powers and boosting security and order, Fayyad said in a news conference.

Fayyad said his government would carry out more than 2,000 projects in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip "that are considered one geographic and political entity representing the (future) Palestinian state."

The plan was unveiled at a time when peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were suspended due to Palestinian protest over Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Some Israelis saw in the plan an attempt to declare a Palestinian statehood from one side.

The direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations will resume within four days in Washington after more than 15 months of stall.


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