Abbas: No peace deal in 2008


Israel and the Palestinians will not reach a peace deal in 2008, Mahmoud Abbas said.

The Palestinian Authority president said Monday that the two sides will not be able to strike an accord by the target date set by Washington. Abbas made the statement before the start of a two-day visit to Romania, Reuters reported.

"I don’t think it’s possible to clear an accord by the end of this year, as both the U.S. and the Israeli administrations are now busy with other matters and the very short time does not allow for striking such a deal," Abbas said, according to Reuters.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said last month that a peace deal was unlikely this year.

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