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U.N. report: Palestinians ready for state

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Demonstrators hold Palestinian flags during a rally marking Land Day in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, March 30, 2011. as hundreds of people across Israel and Palestinian territories were holding a series of rallies marking "Land Day," recalling an incident in 1976 when Israeli troops shot and killed six people during protests against land confiscations. UPI/Ismael Mohamad. | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/15ee7ef45cabb5778415ed5369115f2e/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Demonstrators hold Palestinian flags during a rally marking Land Day in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, March 30, 2011. as hundreds of people across Israel and Palestinian territories were holding a series of rallies marking "Land Day," recalling an incident in 1976 when Israeli troops shot and killed six people during protests against land confiscations. UPI/Ismael Mohamad. | License Photo

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 12 (UPI) -- A United Nations report to be presented in Brussels has determined that the Palestinian Authority is able to govern its own independent state.

The report prepared by Robert Serry, the U.N.'s special coordinator for the Middle East Peace process, will be submitted to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee in Brussels Wednesday. Ma'an news agency reported.

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Titled Palestinian State-building: A Decisive Period, the report is based on a review of the implementation by the Palestinian Authority of a program initiated in August 2009 to ready its institutions for statehood within two years.

"In six areas where the U.N. is most engaged, government functions are now sufficient for a functioning government of state," Serry's report states.

Serry said the target for the completion of state-building activities, "is also the target set by the parties to reach a negotiated permanent status agreement to create a Palestinian state at peace with Israel," the agency said.

"The Palestinian state-building agenda are approaching their limits within the political and physical space currently available, precisely at the time when it is approaching its target date for completion," Serry said and called on Israel to "roll back measures of occupation to match the PA's achievements."

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In Ramallah Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the Palestinian government is ready to establish an independent state by September, the Palestinian News Network said.

Dr. Ali al-Jarbawie, Minister of Planning and Development said a report on the matter will be submitted to the European Union committee coordinating foreign aid in Brussels also on Wednesday.

AHLC serves as a principal policy level coordination mechanism for assistance to the Palestinian people.

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