Egypt faults US for inactivity on Mideast peace

Egypt said on Thursday it had yet to see any major US effort to prepare for the Middle East peace conference which President George W. Bush has proposed to convene in the United States later this year.

Egypt faults US for inactivity on Mideast peace
Egypt said on Thursday it had yet to see any major US effort to prepare for the Middle East peace conference which President George W. Bush has proposed to convene in the United States later this year.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said the preparations, mainly in the form of talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, were a beginning but not enough.

Egypt has been pressing Washington to prepare an agenda for the meeting and to start work on bridging the gap between the Israelis and Palestinians. It has said that an unsuccessful meeting would be a setback for the Middle East.

After talks with Kouchner in Cairo on Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the United States had still not made known how it envisaged the meeting.

He added: "Maybe the American administration and the secretary of state (Condoleezza Rice) will launch that effort in the few weeks to come. But for the time being we haven't seen yet that kind of a major activity."

Egypt hopes the United States will come up with some ideas after Rice visits the Middle East this month and then holds consultations on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly session in New York, he added.

"We hope that the time from now to the meeting be made available to clarify many positions," he said.


Reuters
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