World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Abbas Says Annapolis Conference Served Purpose

Palestinian Leader Says Annapolis Conference Served its Purpose

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the recent Middle East peace conference held in the United States achieved its goal of revitalizing negotiations.

Mr. Abbas defended the conference to reporters Saturday in Cairo, where he was meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mr. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed during the U.S. hosted conference near Washington in Annapolis (Maryland) to resume negotiations.

The Palestinian leader says there was a myth the Annapolis conference was supposed to lead to a deal.

Mr. Abbas says former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia will lead the negotiations with the Israelis, with talks to begin December 12. He says meetings are planned for Paris and Moscow.

The two sides have agreed to work continuously to reach a two-state solution by the end of next year.


More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>