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Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
In their words: Summit reaction
President Clinton thanking President Mubarak after the summit
President Clinton hopes he has stopped the bloodshed
It took 36 hours of intensive talks at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Israelis and Palestinians to agree to call for an end to the violence. Here is what the participants and others said about the accord:

"The results of this meeting may not have met the high expectations of our people, but at the same time they are a base on which to build." Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the summit host

"If we are to address the underlying roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there must be a pathway back to negotiations and the resumption of efforts to reach a permanent status agreement." US President Bill Clinton

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
Barak - questions if Arafat still a peace partner
"What will determine if Arafat is a partner or not is first of all to see what happens, and the next few days will determine if he is a partner or not. If this situation in which we don't have a partner continues, we will know what to do." Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak

"The most important thing in yesterday's and today's events is the implementation, which we expect to be an accurate and honest implementation of what has been agreed on." Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

"We are not happy, but we want to protect the lives of our people." Arafat aide Nabil Shaath

"I think in Sharm el-Sheikh they failed to read the genuine message of the Intifada because the Palestinian people cannot live with the occupation and useless negotiations." Marwan Barghouthi, leader of Arafat's Fatah movement in the West Bank

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on his return from the summit
Arafat - calls for the deal to be implemented in full
"If we go back to that situation (the status quo) it doesn't mean that Israel is subject to accountability, that Israel will not continue to behave like an occupier. The new dynamic that has been introduced in Palestine and in the Arab world has not been taken into account." Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi

"Jordan believes that removing the blockade imposed by the Jewish state on the Palestinian territories and a halt to the use of violence and aggression will be the real test of Israeli intentions." Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah al-Khatib

"There is a desire to get back to the peace process, and the question is what the procedures are now....We know that we shouldn't have illusions about it, but I think we need to have this hope because the leaders themselves do." US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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