Qureia: Gaza pullout is a 'leap in air'

June 26, 2004 at 11:07 AM

GAZA, June 26 (UPI) -- Palestinian Premier Ahmad Qureia stated Saturday if the Israeli pullout from Gaza is not part of the roadmap plan, it would be just "a leap in the air."

Qureia met with U.S. Middle East Envoy William Burns and then told reporters Burns' visit comes in line with the U.S.-Palestinian talks concerned with an Israeli evacuation from Gaza.

Qureia expressed hope about the Quartet Committee's decision to convene again in July, while Burns said the Quartet will be activating its role in the Middle East. Burns, according to Qureia, said the U.S. administration wants the Quartet to be directly involved.

"The US and the Quartet are exerting efforts with the World Bank in order to set a plan for brining back hope to the Palestinian economy after the Israeli evacuation," Burns said, adding "Palestinians and Israel must commit to their obligations and not to miss this chance."

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