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FA19 - 9 February 2005
Sharm-El Sheikh Summit Meeting
Australia commends Egypt’s initiative in hosting the summit in Sharm El-Sheik and welcomes the meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. This is a significant step forward.
The summit meeting marks the resumption of substantial peace process negotiations after four years of violence. We are encouraged by the announcement of a cessation of violence. We urge all sides not to pass up this opportunity to give impetus to the peace process.
Australia has consistently encouraged the parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to move negotiations forward on a just and lasting peace. The best prospect for such a peace remains a two state solution that will ensure Israel’s security and provide for a viable and stable Palestinian state.
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