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Observers Sought for Mideast Peace

November 29, 2000

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinians have called for international observers to be stationed in the Palestinian territories to restore the peace process after two months of violence.

There should also be an immediate investigation into the causes of the Israeli-Palestinian clashes that have killed more than 270 people, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa told reporters Tuesday.

Moussa and Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul-Illah Khatib held three hours of talks Tuesday with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mahmoud Abbas, a top aide to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in a hotel in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, 210 miles south of the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Moussa said the delegates had agreed ``on the necessity for the presence of international observers (in the Palestinian territories) ... and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied lands.″

Khatib said foreign observers would ``create an appropriate atmosphere that would put the peace process back on the right track.″

Arab leaders have been holding a spate of meetings aimed at curbing the violence and resuming Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

On Saturday, Arafat held separate meetings with the leaders of Jordan and Egypt _ the only two Arab nations at peace with Israel. On Sunday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.

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