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Mid-East summit: Key quotes
Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen (left), President Bush (centre) and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Aqaba
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The following are key quotes from the news conference given by the US president, the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers and their host King Abdullah of Jordan after their landmark talks in Aqaba on how to implement the roadmap plan for Middle East peace.

US President George W Bush:

Great hope and change is coming to the Middle East... All sides have made important commitments and the United States will strive to see these commitments fulfilled...

All here today now share a goal. The Holy Land must be shared between a state of Palestine and the State of Israel, living at peace with each other and with every nation of the Middle East. All sides will benefit from this achievement and all sides have responsibilities to meet.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:

A democratic Palestinian state fully at peace with Israel will promote the long-term security and well-being of Israel as a Jewish state...

We can also reassure our Palestinian partners that we understand the importance of territorial contiguity in the West Bank for a viable Palestinian state...

I want to reiterate that Israel is a society governed by the rule of law. Thus we will begin immediately to evacuate unauthorised outposts.

Israel seeks peace with all its Arab neighbours. Israel is prepared to negotiate in good faith wherever there are partners.

Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen:

Our goal is two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security...

There is no military solution to our conflict. Accordingly, we reiterate our condemnation and renunciation of terrorism and violence against the Israelis wherever they are. Such means are not in harmony with our religious values and ethics...

We will exert all of our efforts using all our resources to end the militarisation of the intifada...

We will take measures to ensure that no incitement is initiated by the Palestinian institutions.

King Abdullah of Jordan:

Today, we have an opportunity and obligation to reinstate faith in the [peace] process and to reinvigorate hopes for a better tomorrow. We simply cannot afford the alternative...

The most precious gift that you can present to your peoples over the coming weeks is renewed hope born out of tangible progress on the ground.

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