Key points of joint document

Efforts to be made by both sides to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008.

    Bush read out the document flanked by Olmert and Abbas [AFP]

    Key points o
    f 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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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