Even though the Geneva Accord is not a substitute for official negotiations between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it has already achieved the important goal of stimulating debate among Palestinians and Israelis on the factors that must be resolved to end this long conflict.
The “Road Map” remains the key mechanism in moving towards the goals on which there is already broad agreement. The Geneva Accord and the Peoples’ Voice Initiative, with their proposals for a two-State solution and an end to the occupation that began in 1967, are consistent and compatible with the Quartet’s Road Map. Track-two initiatives are a positive and praiseworthy contribution to stimulate the process.
* Press Release PAL/1971 of 3 December 2003 should have been PAL/1970.