Olmert: Negotiations to follow summit

Nov. 20, 2007 at 5:06 PM
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SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday the upcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace summit would be followed by "intensive negotiations."

Olmert said after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, the Annapolis, Md., peace conference, set for next week, would lead to "ongoing, comprehensive and intensive negotiations" to reach toward the goal of establishing a Palestinian state, Ynetnews reported Tuesday.

"The goal of the Annapolis meeting is to jump start ... negotiations, which will lead us to deal with all the essential issues on the agenda -- ahead of an agreement," Olmert said.

"The American hosts must understand," he said, "that there won't be a full implementation of the agreement before all the commitments are fulfilled according to the road map peace plan.

"These commitments apply to the Gaza Strip as well. According to the Palestinian perception, the Gaza Strip is part of the Palestinian state. Naturally, if the Palestinian state must fight terror, this includes the Gaza Strip."

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