PA finance minister: We need 1b. euros in aid

The new Palestinian Authority government will need 1 billion euros in international aid this year to "get back on our feet," Palestinian Authority Finance Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday. "We are looking for donor support to bridge the gap of 1 billion euros for 2007," Fayyad said after meeting with EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner. "This is assistance we need to get back on our feet."