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April 17, 2003

EU says Middle East peace plan to be published unchanged

Roadmap, we learn here, to remain unchanged! Why doesn't the EU tell Arafat: accept minister's cabinet or no money.
EU tells Arafat to back Palestinian cabinet
EU leaders concluded their two-day summit Thursday with a call for a "successful conclusion" of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through the implementation of the "roadmap."

The EU also said Thursday the UN must play a "central" role in rebuilding Iraq and urged the United States to maintain law and order in the country.

In a one-page EU statement, the 15 leaders asked Arafat to give an "early endorsement" to a Cabinet being put together by the new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, otherwise known as Abu Mazen.

The summit statement revealed a desire to find common ground in Europe after months of acrimony over the U.S.-led war in Iraq [more]