Palestinians to announce ceasefire at Mideast summit: Abbas (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) RAMALLAH, West Bank 02/03/05 6:30 AM ET)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - The Palestinians will announce a formal
ceasefire at next´s week landmark Middle East summit in Egypt, new
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas told reporters.
"We will announce a ceasefire and the Israeli side must announce the
same thing," Abbas said Thursday.
Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet in the Red
Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday in what will be the first
summit between the top leaders of both sides in more than four years.
The Palestinian Authority president said he had decided to accept an
invitation from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as there had
been "positive signals" in the peace process.
"I hope that the summit will be succesful," he said. "There are many
positive signals. We must go."
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres had earlier expressed hope
that there would be a joint declaration by Abbas and Sharon for a
total end to violence which has claimed some 4,700 lives since the
eruption of the Palestinian intifada in September 2000.
"I hope that during the course of this summit there will be a
declaration of a total end to violence and combat," Peres told
The meeting could represent a "new chapter that will allow us to move
away from the intifada," Peres added.
A senior aide to Sharon said the meeting would not focus on
negotiations over the Middle East roadmap peace plan.
"This summit will be an occasion for declarations, which will be of
great significance, but it it is still too early to have political
negotiations on the roadmap," the official said. (Copyright © 2005
Agence France Presse. 02/03/05)
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