Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Three-Way Talks May Clarify U.S. Road Map.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIAL

With a new set of players, next week's summit with President Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is cause for optimism, guarded though it may be.

The White House, intent on keeping expectations low, calls Wednesday's talks in the port city of Aqaba, Jordan, a very preliminary discussion of Bush's "road map" toward peace.

The million-dollar question is whether Bush, Sharon and Abbas can succeed where their predecessors -- President Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat -- failed less than three years ago.

Although the plan was once dismissed as a mere diplomatic gesture by Bush in the run-up to war with Iraq, there since has been movement. …

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