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Annapolis Agreement

„We agree to enter into vigorous, ongoing and ongoing negotiations and we will do everything in our power to reach an agreement before the end of 2008.” Even on Tuesday morning, Bush held last-minute talks with Olmert and Abbas, while Foreign Minister Condoleezza Rice, outside the region, invited israeli and Palestinian chief negotiators, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and ahmed Qurei, former Palestinian prime minister, to agree on the text of the agreement. The moment was orchestrated by Mr. Bush, who promised that the United States would „monitor and judge the respect of the commitments of both sides.” The deal, which was treated as a „common understanding” between Israelis and Palestinians, fell short of the detailed five-page document sought by Palestinian officials. . . .