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June 02, 2003

Abbas expected to say in Aqaba that 'armed intifada must end'

Why is this just blowing smoke up someone's butt? Because no mention of collecting weapons, as the Americans are doing in Iraq, that's why
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) will declare in his speech at the Aqaba summit on Wednesday, that the "armed intifada must come to an end, and we will turn to peaceful measures."

The draft of the Palestinian statement, which has reached diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, also states that "we will invest all our efforts, while using all the means at our disposal, to alter the intifada's military nature, and we will succeed."

The Palestinian statement falls short of expectations in Israeli government circles, where it was hoped that Abu Mazen would announce that he is committed to rooting out terror.

Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that he will not join the Israeli delegation to the Aqaba summit, Israel Radio reported Monday.

The Israeli delegation to the Aqaba summit will include Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Industry and Trade Minister Ehud Olmert and Justice Minister Yosef (Tommy) Lapid, in addition to Sharon, Israel Radio reported Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Arab states should help restore the Palestinian security apparatus, as he arrived in Egypt on Monday to prepare for a U.S.-Arab summit Washington hopes will secure Arab support for its peace efforts between Palestinians and Israelis. [more]