US plan calls for Mideast peace deal in 2 years: Report
Jerusalem: Washington is pushing a plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that foresees reaching a final deal in two years and agreeing on permanent borders in nine months, a daily said on Monday.
Under the plan, the Israelis and Palestinians will immediately start final status talks that were suspended during the Gaza war a year ago, Israel`s Maariv newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.
The paper said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was expected to press Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to agree to the plan during a meeting later today in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
There were no immediate comments on the report from Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian or US officials.
The Palestinians have demanded a full freeze on Israeli settlement activity before resuming negotiations.
Under the US plan, the two sides will first discuss the issue of permanent borders, with a deadline of nine months for reaching an agreement, Maariv said.
The idea is to have an agreement on borders before the expiry of an Israeli moratorium on new settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, so Israel will start to build again only in those settlements that will be inside its borders under the final status agreement, it said.
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