Abbas vows to keep up peace bid but outlook bleak

From Reuters:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Friday to pursue peace efforts with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s successor but warned of a new cycle of violence if the fragile peace process collapsed.

Abbas painted a cautious and at times bleak picture of Middle East peace efforts during a visit to the United Nations, casting further doubt on U.S. President George W. Bush’s target of securing a peace deal before he leaves office in January.

Speaking at the Security Council, Abbas and other Arab leaders denounced Israeli settlement expansion, saying it was jeopardizing talks relaunched last November at a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, hosted by Bush.

Abbas vows to keep up peace bid but outlook bleak

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