Home  > Israel-News Today  > Week in Review  > This Month Must Reads  > Quotes of the Month
Abbas-Sharon Talks Delayed Before Mideast Summit (REUTERS) By Timothy Heritage JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 05/27/03 11:50 AM ET) Source: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=41JILSN2GAHJWCRBAELCFFA?type=topNews&storyID=2827384
The Headline Contains
Click here to view comments on this article which may contain bias and or inaccuracies
* Choose from 1 of the 4 descriptions for the headline and or any paragraph.


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Palestinian and Israeli prime ministers delayed Tuesday a meeting on the U.S.-backed "road map" to peace, but dismissed any talk of a new rift before a summit with President Bush.
Paragraph-1 Contains
The postponement of Wednesday´s talks between Israeli leader Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Premier Mahmoud Abbas sent an ominous signal, but officials on both sides said it was due to scheduling problems and not political differences.
Paragraph-2 Contains
"The meeting...was put off for technical reasons," Palestinian Information Minister Nabil Amr said. Palestinian officials said Sharon and Abbas might meet Thursday but Israel said no new date had been set.
Paragraph-3 Contains
The road map outlines reciprocal steps leading to an end to 32 months of violence and creation of a Palestinian state by 2005. Israel´s cabinet approved the plan Sunday, with reservations. The Palestinians accepted it last month.
Paragraph-4 Contains
Palestinians say an Abbas-Sharon meeting could set the tone for a trilateral summit expected next week with President Bush.
Paragraph-5 Contains
But they voiced concern over a list of 14 Israeli reservations about the road map, many of them security-related, which appeared in Israeli newspapers Tuesday.
Paragraph-6 Contains
"Not only will we not accept them (the reservations), we will not even discuss them," Amr said. "We hope the U.S. administration...lives up to its promise not to change (the road map) because any change will kill the plan."
Paragraph-7 Contains
According to the reported list, the Palestinians would have to waive the right of return of refugees to what is now Israel.
Paragraph-8 Contains
TWIN SUMMITS
Paragraph-9 Contains
Implementation of the road map was unlikely to start before the summit expected between Bush, Sharon and Abbas in Jordan´s Red Sea port of Aqaba or Egypt´s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. No date has been announced for the talks.
Paragraph-10 Contains
Egypt´s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Egypt was likely to host a separate U.S.-Arab summit attended by Bush in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on June 4.
Paragraph-11 Contains
MENA said King Mohammed of Morocco, King Hamad of Bahrain, King Abdullah of Jordan and Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia would also participate, along with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Paragraph-12 Contains
Bush wants to ensure the success of the most ambitious Middle East peace plan in two years and display even-handedness to Arabs angered by the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Paragraph-13 Contains
He pressured Sharon and his cabinet into accepting the road map after Washington promised to address Israel´s reservations during the plan´s implementation but ruled out making changes.
Paragraph-14 Contains
Sharon defended the road map to legislators from his right-wing Likud party Monday, saying he also had doubts about the plan but realized Israel could not continue its occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for ever.
Paragraph-15 Contains
Israelis asked whether Sharon had had a change of heart or chose the politically charged word "occupation" in a bid to show Washington, Israel´s key ally, that he was serious about peace.
Paragraph-16 Contains
At a European foreign ministers´ meeting in Crete with the bloc´s southern Arab neighbors as well as Israel, the clear message from Israel and the Palestinians was that Washington would be the key player in making the road map work.
Paragraph-17 Contains
The peace plan was drafted by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia. (© Reuters 2003 05/27/03)
Paragraph-18 Contains
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY


Reuters News Service Articles-Index-Top Publishers-Index-Top Return to Top