The Geneva Accord

Darwish, Adel
January 2004
Middle East;Jan2004, Issue 341, p10
In a replay of the fanfare of a decade ago, when the world watched historic enemies, nudged by an American president, shake hands and bury the hatcher, former U.S. leader, Jimmy Carter, and other world figures, looked on once again at the December 2003 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, where Palestinians and Israelis met to seal a comprehensive peace agreement between their warring nations. Known as the Geneva Accord, the deal was signed by peacemakers Yasser Abed Rabbo, who held various cabinet posts in the Palestinian National Authority (PA), and Yossi Beilin, who held ministerial posts in governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak, making him one of the most experienced left-wing Israeli politicians. The trouble is that despite the impressive guest list, it isn't a real peace accord, since none of the 300 or so Palestinians or Israelis at Geneva represented their governments.


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