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November 30, 2002

Israeli Elections Could Delay Peace Plan

I fonly there were not the inconvenience of elections--darn democracy--there could have been peace in the Middle East a very long time ago, right? We have yet to hear from the terror groups who are also anxious to get to the peace table. But in passing the article notes other voices being raised as the ineffectiveness of the Intifada for Palestinians
Posted on Sat, Nov. 30, 2002

Israeli Elections Could Delay Peace Plan
NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press

JERUSALEM - A U.S.-backed plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict won't be ready by its Dec. 20 target date and may be delayed until after the Israeli elections a month later, a Palestinian official said Friday.

Separately, another influential Palestinian joined Friday in criticizing the Palestinian uprising that has left 1,954 Palestinians and 683 Israelis dead in 26 months of fighting.

The delayed release of the so-called "road map" to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most likely until after the Jan. 28 elections, would mean a further delay in reaching a truce in the uprising, which has come under increasing criticism by Palestinian officials and citizens.

The United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations have jointly been trying to finalize a plan for a negotiated settlement.

The plan, which was to be presented on Dec. 20, calls for a three-phase, three-year program that would result in a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel.

But Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath, after a meeting with U.S. officials in Washington, said the Americans told him release of the plan would likely be delayed.
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