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Abbas' spokesman terms upcoming peace conference historic chance
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21:47, October 08, 2007

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Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Monday said that the upcoming international Middle East peace conference is a historic chance for both Arabs and Israel.

Abu Rudeineh told reporters in Ramallah that the peace summit to be held in the United States next month "could be an opportunity to go for a historic and permanent reconciliation between the Arabs and Israel."

He, meanwhile, underlined the importance of a joint document agreed by both sides before holding of the conference.

"(The joint document) is the key issue that would be tackled and approved by the summit," said the spokesman.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams began on Monday their first session of talks on working out a joint document related to a permanent peace agreement between them.

Palestinian official sources said that the Palestinian side would focus on "ending the military occupation of the Palestinian territories, the return of refugees and the establishment of an independent state" during the talks with their Israeli counterparts.

As for the talks on the joint declaration, Abu Rudeineh stressed that the success of the talks "depends on the Israeli side's good intentions and their readiness to bring all final status issues to the table of negotiations."

In July 2000, talks on final status issues between Israel and the Palestinians broke up in the U.S. Resort of Camp David. A violent Intifada followed and has claimed thousands of lives in both sides.

Source: Xinhua

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