(05-27) 16:19 PDT TORONTO, Canada (AP) --

Prime Minister Paul Martin announced Friday that Canada would back up its commitment to Middle East peace with $9.5 million in new aid to help the Palestinians build homes and justice in their new state.

Martin made the announcement during the visit of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, a day after President Bush promised $50 million in housing aid for Palestinians who settle in the Gaza Strip once Israelis leave in August.

"President Abbas has demonstrated his commitment to reform and his commitment to peace; he has rejected terrorism, he has rejected violence," Martin said. "We reiterate our support for all that he is doing." More

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