Time for a Palestinian State -Rice
PALESTINE, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed Israelis and
Palestinians Monday to reach concrete understandings ahead of a US peace
summit, saying the time had come for a Palestinian State.
Confirming that an international meeting would take place in
Annapolis, Maryland, Rice said the creation of a Palestinian state was
essential and that efforts to that end were US President George W.
Bush's highest priority. "Frankly it is time for the establishment of a
Palestinian state," Rice told a news conference after meeting
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank on her seventh visit
to the region this year.
"The US sees the establishment of a Palestinian state, a two-state
solution, as absolutely essential to the future of not just the
Palestinians and Israelis, but also the Middle East and indeed to
"We have got quite a long time to go but we are not going to tire
until I have given my last ounce of energy and my last moment in office.
"This is going to be a serious and substantive conference that will
advance the cause of the establishment of a Palestinian State. We
frankly have better things to do than invite people to Annapolis for a
photo op," she said.
West Bank, Tuesday, AFP