|Bush read out the document flanked by Olmert and Abbas [AFP]|
Key points of a joint document by the Israelis and Palestinians pledging to pursue a peace deal by the end of 2008, as read out by George Bush, the US president, at the Annapolis conference on Tuesday:
– The beginning of an era of mutual recognition.
– Agreement to immediately launch good faith bilateral negotiations in order to conclude a peace treaty to resolve all outstanding issues, including all core issues without exception, as specified in previous agreements.
– Efforts will be made to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008.
– A steering committee will be formed, headed jointly by the head of the delegation of each party, will meet continuously as agreed.
– The first session of the steering committee will be held on December 12, 2007.
– Olmert and Abbas will meet bi-weekly following the first session to follow-up discussions and offer all necessary assistance for their advancement.
– The parties commit to immediately implement their respective obligations under the performance based road map to a permanent two-state solution to the conflict issued by the Quartet in April 2003.
– The two sides will continue to work on their obligations under the 2003 road map, until a peace treaty is reached.
– Their progress in negotiations will be monitored and judged by the US.
– Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, implementation of the future peace treaty will be subject to the implementation of the road map, as judged by the US.