Abbas welcomes idea of international force in territories

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he supported a French proposal to deploy an international force to help shore up Palestinian security forces. "We welcome this idea," Abbas told reporters at a news conference in Paris. "We are working for this to become the international position in the near future." French President Nicolas Sarkozy floated the idea of an international force during an international conference in Paris Monday at which donor nations pledged US$7.4 billion to the Palestinians. He said such a deployment should take place "at the right time when the conditions are in place."