Egyptian FM: Roadmap can be salvaged

Egypt's foreign minister on Monday suggested the US-backed "road map" to Mideast peace could be resurrected, despite previous Arab declarations that the plan was dead. But Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that was only possible if future talks had a more narrow focus that would lead to a Palestinian state with clear borders. He said the goal behind an Arab call for the UN Security Council to look into the peace process did not aim to change its "framework with a new one, but to reach an agreement on specific steps and measures that lead to setting up a Palestinian state with clear and agreed-upon features." Speaking after meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Miguel Angel Moratinos, Aboul Gheit also called for a more balanced European stance concerning relations with the Palestinians and Israel.