Abbas urges new US leader to make peace a priority
PALESTINE: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he
would urge a new U.S. administration to make peace efforts between
Israel and the Palestinians a priority.
“If we assume we do not reach an agreement (under the current
administration), we urge the new U.S. administration to immediately
follow up the peace process and treat it as a priority,” Abbas said
during a news conference in Ramallah.
Palestinian officials said Abbas would meet U.S. President George W.
Bush on Sept. 26 in Washington to review the peace process and urge his
administration not to blame either side if they fail to reach a deal by
the end of 2008 — the target date set last November at the U.S.-backed
Annapolis peace conference.
“We will talk to President Bush about where we have reached in our
negotiations with the Israelis and point out the areas of agreement and
disagreement,” he said.
He also reiterated his objection to any interim agreements that did
not cover all core issues, including the status of Jerusalem, the fate
of Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlements, borders and security
“We are not seeking an interim agreement or an agreement that doesn’t
include the core issues,” he said.
Ramallah, West Bank, Sunday, Reuters