Abdullah warns Annapolis conference last chance for PA-Israeli peace

Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Sunday that an international conference held in the United States last November could be the last chance for peacemaking between Palestinians and Israelis. Abdullah, a key US ally who maintains cordial ties with Israel under a 1994 peace treaty, is an ardent supporters of a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement. He is concerned that the growing influence of extremists in the region who may threaten moderates like himself. "The process that started in Annapolis is, from our perspective, a positive development, but it also may be our last chance for peace for many, many years to come," Abdullah cautioned, referring to the international Mideast conference held in Maryland, which relaunched Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. He did not elaborate in an interview with Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency, which coincided with his departure to Russia. A text of the interview was distributed by the Jordanian Royal Palace.