Olmert downplays peace prospects for Annapolis parley

October 25, 2007 16:49

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday played down expectations for an upcoming US-sponsored peace summit, saying the gathering would not produce a binding peace agreement with the Palestinians and might not even take place. Speaking to a group of Jewish fundraisers, Olmert said he is committed to making the conference a success and said he would meet Abbas on Friday to review preparations. The conference is expected to take place later this year in Annapolis, Maryland, though Olmert acknowledged it is not a sure thing. "If all goes well, hopefully, we will meet in Annapolis," he said. "(But) Annapolis is not made to be the event for the declaration of peace."

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