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January 14, 2005
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Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed the Palestinian commitment to the “road map” peace plan. “There are mutual obligations in the road map and we’re serious about starting to implement our obligations immediately,” the Palestinian Authority president-elect told Christian clergy visiting his Ramallah headquarters Thursday. “We hope the Israelis will implement their obligations as well.” The internationally backed plan seeks to establish a Palestinian state at the end of a three-year process of reciprocal steps. However, Abbas has said he will not carry out the Palestinians’ central obligation under the plan to dismantle terrorist groups, so Israel gave only a cautious welcome to his statements.

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