PM: Annapolis important despite the fact that it won't include negotiations

The Annapolis conference would be important, despite the fact that no negotiations would be taking place there, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday. Olmert told the ministers at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting - which was held on Monday this week rather than on Sunday - that negotiations would only begin after the conference and would "deal with the most fundamental issues in order to arrive at two nation-states alongside each-other." The prime minister added that "The importance of Annapolis must not be exaggerated but also not underemphasized, because President Bush and many nations are sponsoring this broad meeting."