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WAR: Sharon Eases Conditions for Peace Talks

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posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 04:49 AM
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has sent signals that he may be easing the conditions for resume peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Sharon indicated that efforts towards stopping incitement against Israel would show goodwill and allow the peace negotiations to resume. In the past, Sharon has insisted on the dismantling of militant groups. However, even Sharon has acknowledged that this may be complicated.
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon indicated he is easing conditions for resuming peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying an effort to stop incitement against Israel would be a sufficient sign of goodwill.

In the past, Sharon insisted the Palestinian security forces must dismantle militant groups before negotiations can begin. However, in a speech to Likud Party activists on Thursday evening, Sharon said such a crackdown would be "a complicated process."

Sharon's conciliatory tone comes amid international efforts to restart the peace process in a spirit of hope after Yasser Arafat's death last week. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and foreign ministers from Britain, Russia and other Western nations are expected in the region next week.

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This move will not doubt help with the stalled peace process. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority may face worldwide pressure to resume the process. Coming on the heels of the death of Yasser Arafat, there is renewed hope that the often stalled plan can become a reality. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged to get the process back on track and President Bush has also renewed calls for the same.

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