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Spokesman for Abbas calls on U.S. to turn words into deeds
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08:22, October 23, 2007

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A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called on the United States to turn its words related to achieving peace in the region into deeds.

"In order to turn its statements into deeds on the ground, the United States should exert pressure on the Israeli government to agree on a clear and specific joint document of declaration," Nabil Abu Rudeineh told reporters in Ramallah.

He further specified that the document should contain a definite date for starting the talks and the core issues, including Jerusalem, refugees right of return, Jewish settlements and the borders of the Palestinian state.

He was critical of the current manner of Israel, who has kept saying that the upcoming peace summit in the United States would only produce understandings but not agreements.

"The United States should use all its influence on the Israeli government to make it accept the Palestinian demands," Abu Rudeineh said.

U.S. President George W. Bush had called several weeks ago for holding an international summit in Annapolis, Maryland in the United States, to find a fair solution to the almost 60-year-old Israeli-Arab conflict.

To ensure the success of the summit, Israel and the Palestinians formed negotiation teams respectively to thrash out a joint document of declaration, which would be presented to the summit to be held in November.

Source: Xinhua



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