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February 15, 2000
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Palestinian plans to declare a state in September “would be a moot point” if Israel and the Palestinians reach a final peace deal by their target date of Sept. 13, U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin said. “We see no reason why they can’t achieve that agreement with continued goodwill, hard work and ingenuity,” he said. However, if the sides cannot reach a deal by that date, Rubin said such unilateral actions “have no meaning in the absence” of an agreement.

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