EGYPT TO HOST ARIEL-ABBAS SUMMIT (NEW YORK POST) By URI DAN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 02/03/05)
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February 3, 2005 -- JERUSALEM ó Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet for the first time
next week, at a summit backed by their Arab neighbors and the United
States, officials said yesterday.
The Tuesday meeting at Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, is intended to maintain
the peace momentum, which was fueled by Abbas´ election as Yasser
Arafat´s successor. Since then, Abbas has engineered a truce between
Palestinian terrorists and Israel.
Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia said his side hopes the summit will
formalize the cease-fire, with Israel agreeing to a large release of
Palestinian prisoners and a halt to targeted killings of terrorists.
Officials in Jerusalem said the historic nature of the meeting,
dubbed "Red Sea Summit II," was underlined by the presence of both
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah of Jordan.
Condoleezza Rice will be making her first visit to the region as
secretary of state on Sunday, raising speculation that she will head
the U.S. representation at the summit.
Sharon has held back-channel contacts with Egypt and Jordan to enlist
their help for the Palestinians in assuming a greater role in
maintaining security in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
At the first Red Sea summit in 2003, President Bush outlined
the "road map" to peace, designed to create a Palestinian state and
end more than 50 years of bloodshed.
* Palestinian security forces destroyed a tunnel along the Gaza-Egypt
border. Israel has repeatedly tried to close down the tunnels near
Rafah, which are used to smuggle weaponry into Gaza.
* German President Horst Koehler told the Israeli parliament, that
Germany would always support a secure Jewish state and combat anti-
"Responsibility for the Shoah [Holocaust] is part of the German
identity. We must all understand that the victims of the Shoah have
given us a task: never again to allow genocide." With Post Wire
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