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MIDDLE EAST: The famous roadmap

From Ed Jajko: "The US State Department has published the official text of the "roadmap to a permanent two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," at URL

RH: I have read the roadmap, which is a lot of prose without a map. There are many critical issues, including the status of Jerusalem and its boundaries. All the misnamed roadmap says about this is that there will be a "Second International Conference: Convened by Quartet, in consultation with the parties, at beginning of 2004 to endorse agreement reached on an independent Palestinian state with provisional borders and formally to launch a process with the active, sustained, and operational support of the Quartet, leading to a final, permanent status resolution in 2005, including on borders, Jerusalem, refugees, settlements; and, to support progress toward a comprehensive Middle East settlement between Israel and Lebanon and Israel and Syria, to be achieved as soon as possible" The Quartet consists of the US, the UN, the EU, and Russia. I would be grateful is anyone would tell us how the roadmap advnces the precise finding of a permanent solution.

Ronald Hilton - 5/4/03