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Palestinian negotiators dismiss peace momentum stalled
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 19 - 10 - 2007

Palestinian negotiators dismissed claims that peace momentum has stalled, saying Israel and the Palestinians still have their sights set on
framing a shared vision of peace.
«There is no crisis at all,» said Ahmed Qureia, the lead
negotiator, in an Associated Press interview on Thursday.
Qureia met Thursday with Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign
minister and head of Israel's negotiating team, and that
meeting was followed Friday by the third meeting between
the two teams.
Friday's meeting lasted two hours and was «in-depth,»
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. He would not
divulge what was discussed or if progress was made. Israeli
officials would not comment on the meeting.
Qureia spoke Thursday after U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice wrapped up a four-day visit to the region
meant to lay the groundwork for the conference. The U.S.
hopes the gathering, expected to take place in November or
December, will launch formal peace talks between Israel and
the Palestinians.
Qureia said he remained hopeful a deal would be reached, though he acknowledged much work lay ahead.
«We are still preparing for intensified negotiations that
will take place before the conference in order to reach a
joint document,» he said. «So far, we haven't discussed
any issues.»
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