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Abbas: Unilateral ceasefire not enough; will take part in Sharm Ash-Sheikh meetings

Jan. 18, 2009 12:28 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2009 12:28 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Acting Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas called Israel's ceasefire a step but not enough, and demanded that the Israeli army withdraw from Gaza and open the crossings.

The statement came during a press conference in Cairo after the leader met with this Egyptian counterpart regarding the implementation of the Egyptian Initiative.

Abbas will head to Sharm Ash-Sheikh Sunday afternoon where he will meet with delegations from Europe and the Arab world.

King Abdullah the second of Jordan, French president Nicola Sarkozi, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Spanish PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, German leader Angela Merkel and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will attend.

On the agenda for the meeting is a discussion over ways to build on the Israeli unilateral declaration of a ceasefire to a long-term agreement, how to reconstruct Gaza and international efforts on the Palestinian situation after US President Elect Barack Obama replaces George Bush.

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