Britain to Push for "Final" Middle East Talks This Year

(Guardian - UK) - Speaking at the Labour party conference in Blackpool, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said, "By this year's end, we must have revived final status negotiations and they must have explicitly as their aims an Israeli state free from terror, recognized by the Arab world, and a viable Palestinian state based on the boundaries of 1967." Blair also said, "I agree UN resolutions should apply here [to Israel] as much as to Iraq. But they don't just apply to Israel. They apply to all parties." The prime minister's statement indicates that Britain believes that the U.S., whose support is crucial before any talks can start, is prepared to adopt a tougher approach towards Israel.

2002-10-02 00:00:00

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