Abbas wants 'framework agreement' before Bush ends term|
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads to Washington to try and push
peace negotiations with Israel. Treaty possible before year's end, he says
but any deal would have to be put to Palestinian referendum
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he was determined to
achieve a "framework agreement" laying the foundations for a peace deal
with Israel before the end of US President George W. Bush's term in
"Our priority objective, which is also that of President Bush, To
complete the negotiations by the end of 2008, "said Abbas, who is one an
official visit to Tunis. He will be heading to Washington Tuesday.
The Palestinians' he said, "hope to reach not an agreement of
principles but a framework agreement to be used as the basis for the final
agreement… the conclusion of such an agreement is the initial premise
needed for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
"If we succeed the rest will be simpler," he stresses. "If the year
ends without result, we will face a difficult situation... It will take
two years for the the new administration in the US to become familiar with
the deal... We want to avoid such disarray," he added.
"There is no doubt that it is in the best interest of President Bush to
see this agreement concluded during his term," said Abbas, adding that any
agreement, whether of framework or otherwise, stressed Abbas, would be
submit to the Palestinian people's approval by referendum.
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