Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday following
a meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the
Palestinians want to agree on a clear and specific document with
A joint statement between Abbas and Rice was cancelled during
their two-hour meeting held at Abbas headquarters in Ramallah.
However, Abbas stopped to speak to reporters after he bid a
good-bye to Rice, saying "the most important thing we want is to
have a clear and specific joint document with the Israelis."
"This joint document we are seeking to reach with the Israeli
side would of course help us to start peace negotiations (on final
status issues) also within a specific period of time," Abbas told
It is the eighth meeting between Abbas and Rice within the last
few months, as the US had invited both Israel and the Palestinians
to join an international summit for peace that would be held by the
end of November.
"We can't leave things for the circumstances or for
coincidences, there should be a clear joint document and there
should be a specific period of time in order to get to the final
results of our negotiations," said Abbas.
(Xinhua News Agency October 18, 2007)