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Palestinians Outlaw Violent Groups

The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers held a two-hour meeting Sunday, kicking off 10 days of international diplomacy aimed at solidifying a fragile Mideast cease-fire and advancing the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan. The leaders met as the Palestinian Authority outlawed groups that incite violence and agitate for change through force, moving to meet a requirement of the “road map” peace plan — and an Israeli demand — that they disarm militant groups. The decree is the same as one issued in 1998, but was effectively rendered invalid during the 33 months of violence that followed the collapse of U.S. efforts to broker a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas left Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Jerusalem residence after a meeting expected to focus on the release of Palestinian prisoners, which Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan told The Associated Press was at the top of the agenda for the Palestinians. Full Story

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