An international conference in Berlin on Tuesday aims to help Palestinians create their own state through grassroots security measures like putting policemen on the beat and building courthouses. But the one-day conference, attended by 41 countries and due to be followed in the evening by a meeting of the Middle East Quartet a week after a truce between Israel and Hamas, is focused only on helping the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and does not cover the Gaza Strip. The EU Police Mission in the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS), set up in 2005 to train the Palestinian police force, will call on donor nations gathered in Berlin to earmark 187 million dollars to help the PA.