Fayad at Saban Forum: I'm working to strengthen PA institutions

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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad on Sunday told members of the Saban Forum in Ramallah that he was working to strengthen the Palestinian Authority's institutions and root out corruption so that the PA would get more support should it decide to unilaterally declare independence, Israel Radio reported. Senator Joe Lieberman, who is in Israel for the parley devoted to the Middle East and sponsored by Israeli-born American millionaire Haim Saban, told Fayad that the PA would become a more likely partner for Israel in negotiations if its institutions were more robust. Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat threatened on Saturday that if negotiations with Israel fail, the PA would unilaterally declare statehood and ask the UN to recognize it.