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Egyptian FM calls for changes to Mideast roadmap
www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-07 03:10:01

    CAIRO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Saturday that the roadmap plan for peace should be amended as it had expired in 2005, the official MENA news agency reported.

    "The roadmap needs to be modified because its expiry date was last year in 2005," Abul Gheit said on the sidelines of an international forum on dialogue among civilizations and cultures held in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

    He added that negotiation was the only way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Abul Gheit expressed hope that a meeting of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators, slated for Tuesday in New York,would help activate the roadmap plan and resume the stalled peace talks in a bid to ease off the suffering of the Palestinian people.The Middle East Quartet comprising the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations brokered the roadmap,which calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.

    Abul Gheit, however, didn't say how the roadmap plan should be revised.

    Abul Gheit's comment came two days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he was ready to resume direct peace talks with the newly-installed Israeli government.

    But Israel refused to negotiate with the Hamas-led Palestinian government as long as it failed to renounce violence, recognize Israel's right to exist and accept previous Palestinian-Israeli agreements.

    As a close ally of the United States, Egypt is one of the only two Arab countries (Jordan) to have signed a peace treaty with Israel and has long played the mediating role between the Palestinians and Israel. Enditem

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