22 May 2006 - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
|President Abbas announces inter-dialogue to unify Palestinians|
During the World Economic Forum on the Middle East meeting being held currently in Sharm El Sheikh, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced an internal dialogue aimed at unifying the Palestinian political landscape in light of increasing friction and violence between rival parties. The inter-dialogue is scheduled for 25 May 2006.
"The dialogue is about unifying political positions," President Abbas said at the World Economic Forum where more than 1,200 business, government and civil society leaders from 50 countries are attending the three-day meeting, which is focusing on the theme of "the promise of a new generation".
While announcing the dialogue, Abbas reiterated his position that seeks a two-state solution, the rejection of violence and a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a peace process, particularly the implementation of the UN-supported roadmap.
"We have no way before us but to continue the peace process," Abbas said. "Israel should accept our call to return to the negotiating table."
A meeting between Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas took place earlier in the day, the first high-level meeting between the two sides in eleven months.
"The meeting was very important," Livni said. "A meeting between Israel's Prime Minister and Abbas will be the next step."