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Qureia Calls Off Peace Talks in Mideast

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said Monday he has ceased trying to schedule a summit with his Israeli counterpart aimed at restarting peace talks, amid continuing bloodshed in the 39-month-long conflict. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was booed by members of his hard-line Likud party as he insisted Israel would withdraw from some Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Sharon told a Likud convention that Israel would agree to formation of a Palestinian state in negotiations dictated by the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan — but that if negotiations did not bear fruit, he would go ahead with his unilateral plan to disengage from the Palestinians, including moving some settlements. Full Story

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