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November 13, 2002

Annan calls Israel an expropriator of Arab land, says it must give up "nearly all of the territory" for peace

Ho, hum...give up land for what? peaceful and secure borders? Tell that to the terror groups under Arafat.
Annan calls Israel an expropriator of Arab land, says it must give up "nearly all of the territory" for peace
Wed Nov 13, 3:58 PM ET
By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) denounced Israel as an expropriator of Arab land and said it must give up "nearly all of the territory" for peace with the Arabs.

Annan, in a speech at the University of Maryland, also accused the Israeli government of imposing "condition upon condition" to block peace negotiations.

Palestinian farmers have been shot dead by extremist settlers intent on robbing them of their olive harvest and are trying to drive them off the land to which the Palestinians are entitled, Annan said Wednesday.

The tone was different at the State Department. Spokesman Richard Boucher said he did not have "any particular comment" on the biggest Israel sweep on the West Bank in months.

Responding to the slaying of five Israelis, troops stormed into Nablus, a hotbed of militants, with dozens of tanks and and armored vehicles and rounded up 30 suspected terrorists.