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Annan hails impetus of Aqaba summit for Middle East peace urges steps

October 6, 2019

“The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the impetus given to the renewed Middle East peace process by today’s summit meeting in Aqaba initiated by [US] President George W. Bush and hosted by King Abdullah of Jordan,” a UN spokesman said in a statement. “He believes that the statements by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas open the way for both parties to implement the Quartet’s Road Map,” the statement added, referring to the plan drawn up by the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation for peace based on Israeli and Palestinian states living side by side and achieved through reciprocal, parallel steps by 2005. Mr. Annan pledged his continued efforts “to assist the parties in arriving at a just, lasting and comprehensive peace,” the statement said. “He calls on them to take immediate steps as outlined in the Road Map to maintain the momentum generated by President Bush’s important initiative.”

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