US, Israeli and Palestinian officials meet to debate ‘road map’

March 14th, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

Jerusalem, March 14 (DPA) US General William Fraser held his first trilateral meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials Friday, after he was appointed by President George W. Bush to supervise both sides’ implementation of the “road map” peace plan for the Middle East. Acting Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attended the meeting in Jerusalem on behalf of the Palestinians, while Israel sent a senior official in the Defence Ministry, Amos Gilad, a major-general in the reserves and in charge of diplomatic and security affairs.

A US embassy spokesman said Fraser would not make his evaluation, which he was to present to the sides in a report, public.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed in Annapolis, Maryland in November to end a seven-year freeze in the peace process and strive for an agreement before the end of 2008.

The sides also revived the long-stalled, US-sponsored 2003 road map, which demands Israel uproot unauthorized settlers’ outposts and freeze construction in formal settlements, while the Palestinians must arrest and disarm militants.

The sides stipulated that the implementation of any agreement reached this year would be subject to implementation of these road map demands.

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