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BBC: Olmert, Abbas summit may be forthcoming

Posted by uscsjp on October 1, 2006

Israel’s prime minister says he hopes to meet the Palestinian Authority president for a summit within days, but warned against expecting quick results. . .

Mr Olmert and Mr Abbas last met at an informal meeting in June.

Days after the meeting, Israel launched a major military offensive in Gaza following the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants. . .

Following the recent conflict in Lebanon, Mr Olmert came under intense domestic pressure for his handling of the crisis, and international pressure to return to negotiations on the core Palestinian issue.

During the fighting, in which Hezbollah guerrillas fought in formerly occupied land vacated by Israel in 2000, Mr Olmert shelved his plan to determine Israel’s borders with a series of withdrawals from the West Bank. . .

Mr Olmert ruled out holding talks with Syria, which he accused of being “the main sponsor of Palestinian terrorist groups”.

Syria says it wants negotiations with Israel to return the Golan Heights, which Israeli forces occupied in the 1967 war.

But Mr Olmert said the conflict in Lebanon had created new momentum in relations between Israel and Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (continued. . .)

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