Russia to revive UN roadmap resolution

18 November 2003
Russia has submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, which aims to revive the stalled internationally-sponsored peace roadmap for the Middle East. Despite objections from Israeli officials at the UN, the council's president, Ismael Gasper Martins of Angola, told reporters that he expected a text to be approved 'by the end of the week'. The draft resolution does not call for changes to the original text, and only for all parties involved to 'fulfil their obligations under the Roadmap in co-operation with the quartet [the US, the UN, Russia and the EU] and to achieve the vision of two states'. Reports indicate that France is likely to co-sponsor the resolution (MEED 7:11:03).

The news of a new draft resolution came a day after Egypt said that it was to send a senior official to Gaza to invite the Palestinian Authority and Israel to Cairo for peace talks. Omar Suleiman, who helped arrange the truce declared by militants in June, was to send a deputy to Gaza on Wednesday to issue invitations to Cairo for continued talks, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei told Reuters. The head of Qurie's office, Hassen Abu Libdeh, said any meeting was dependent on what Israel could offer 'to ease the life of Palestinians and give hope for a better future'.

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