Ahead of Annapolis, Abbas promises serious push for peace

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says talks with Israel are in trouble ahead of the U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference.

Both sides still disagree on a statement for release ahead of this week's summit in Washington and Annapolis, Maryland.

Palestinians want specific issues addressed, such as the final borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Israel wants much vaguer language.

Both sides have said they hope to reach a peace agreement before President Bush leaves office in January 2009. Abbas promises to make "all efforts" to reach a deal.

Talks broke down in violence seven years ago.

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