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Sharon: Israel Will Not Keep All West Bank Settlements in Final Peace Deal

29 August 2005

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Israel will not keep all Jewish settlements in the West Bank in any final peace deal with the Palestinians.

Mr. Sharon spoke Monday on Israeli television, one week after removing Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank enclaves.

He did not provide details of future Israeli pullbacks, and he said all main West Bank settlements will remain under Israeli control. He said final Israeli plans for the West Bank will not be unveiled until the start of formal peace talks with the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana was in the Middle East today for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on reviving the internationally-backed road map peace plan.

The plan calls for an end to Israeli and Palestinian violence, a freeze on Jewish settlements and the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.

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