Labor, Meretz aides meet PA in London (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Arnon Regular 12/22/02)
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Labor and Meretz representatives, including the personal adviser of
Labor chair Amram Mitzna, met last week in London with
representatives of the Palestinian Authority.
The meetings tooks place under the auspices of the Peres Center for
Peace. Mitzna´s aide, along with those of Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Haim
Ramon, Matan Vilnai, Zahava Gal-On and Roman Bronfman, met with a
Palestinian delegation that included Mahmoud Yaseen, who is in charge
of protocol in Arafat´s office, and the assistants of Information
Minister Yasser Abd Rabbo, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Nabil Shaath,
Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) and others.
"These meetings, designed to renew the dialogue between the parties,
were planned a long time ago and did not take place until now for
various reasons," explained the director of the Peres Center for
Peace, Ron Pundak.
"It was made clear in the meetings that the real differences between
the sides are not related to substance but rather to a lack of trust
because of the conflict in the last two years," Pundak noted.
Both sides have expressed the will to reach peace and live in mutual
respect and recognition, and to end the occupation and the terror.
This is the only way to promise both nations a future of good
neighborly relations, peace and security within safe borders based on
international recognition and other initiatives, such as the Arab
peace initiative and the speech made by President Bush last June, the
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