The protests in Nablus came hours before Beilin and Rabbo were scheduled to meet US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, in Washington. Powell said on 2 December that he would meet with the authors of the new peace accord, as planned, despite opposition from Israel. Both Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials have said that the Geneva Accord detracts from the internationally-sponsored peace roadmap, despite claims that the Palestinians would gain more from the rival text (MEED 3:12:03).