Officials try to lower expectations for upcoming peace summit

Leaders are said to be working to compose a draft agreement ahead of the summit.

September 11, 2007 00:49
Officials try to lower expectations for upcoming peace summit

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Fearing the outbreak of a new round of Palestinian violence, senior defense officials warned Monday against building up high expectations from the Palestinian-Israel peace summit scheduled for November in the United States. The warning came as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met Monday to discuss ways of advancing negotiations ahead of the planned summit. The leaders are said to be working to compose a draft agreement ahead of the summit. Recalling the second intifada, which broke out after the failure of the Camp David talks in 2000, senior defense officials cautioned that if the summit did not bear fruit and the Olmert-Abbas talks hit a dead end, Israel could find itself facing a new round of extreme Palestinian violence. According to the officials, the Egyptians have also begun to express similar concerns. Diplomatic sources said that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was holding talks with ambassadors in Israel in order to lower expectations and prepare them for the possibility that not much will come from the talks.

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