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Peace conference invitee list revealed
Date: 04 / 10 / 2007 Time: 17:18

Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian Information
Minister Riyad Al-Maliki
revealed a long list of invitees to the
US-sponored international peace
summit scheduled for November.

According to Al-Maliki, US President George W.
Bush plans to invite the
members of the international Quartet, the G-8,
all permanent members of the
UN Security Council, the Arab Follow-Up
Committee, and three additional
predominantly Muslim countries.

The Quartet is composed of the US, European Union
Russia, and the United
Nations. The addition of the G8 countries means
that Canada, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom
will be invited. As a member
of the Security Council, China will also be

The Arab League Follow-Up Committee, established
to pursue implementation of
the Arab Peace Initiative, includes Saudi Arabia,
Jordan, Syria, Palestine,
Qatar, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Algeria,
Bahrain, Yemen and Arab
League Secretary General Amr Moussa.

Finally, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia have
been added to the guest list.

Al-Maliki said President Abbas and other
countries would ask the conference
sponsors to invite India, South Africa, Brazil,
Greece, and Spain.

The minister told a press conference in Ramallah
Thursday that the
negotiations will be based on a joint declaration
which Abbas and Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are expected to
develop over the coming weeks in
bilateral talks. The declaration, according to
Al-Maliki, will tackle the
final-status issues such as the borders of a
future Palestinian state, the
status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian

Al-Maliki said the declaration will be submitted
to the Palestinian people
for approval in a referendum.

President Abbas expects the negotiations to last
no more than six months,
because previous negotiations have already
completed a considerable part of
the work.

Al-Maliki said the declaration will be submitted
to the Palestinian people
for approval in a referendum.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

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