U.S. envoy heading to Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | 
After four years of keeping a distance, the US is jumping back in to the Middle East peace process. US envoy William Burns will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in a fresh US effort to revive the “roadmap” peace plan. It's an opportune time. The new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is close to securing a truce with Islamic terror groups, and Israel says it, too, is ready for a cease-fire. "The purpose of this visit is to work with all parties to seek to capitalize on the opportunity we have with a new Palestinian government to move forward on the roadmap," said State Department spokesman Adam Ereli. He said the US wants to assist the Palestinians in rebuilding their security forces, and stopping terrorism is a top priority.

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