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Leaders pledge action at Mideast summit

Sharon calls for outpost removal; Abbas denounces violence

President Bush, seated at right, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, bottom left, and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, top left, discuss the Middle East
President Bush, seated at right, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, bottom left, and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, top left, discuss the Middle East "road map" during their meeting in Aqaba.

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LEADERS' STATEMENTS

Jordanian King Abdullah II, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Bush

Abdullah: "We simply cannot afford the alternative [to peace]. Let us have ambitions to move beyond the violence."

Abbas: "We repeat our denunciation and renunciation of terrorism against the Israelis wherever they might be."

Sharon: "We will immediately begin to remove unauthorized outposts."

Bush: "These two leaders cannot bring about peace if they must act alone. True peace requires the support of other nations in the region."
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AQABA, Jordan (CNN) -- At a summit in Jordan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the armed intifada must end, while Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon backed the formation of a Palestinian state and pledged his country will begin to remove "unauthorized outposts."

The two prime ministers, President Bush and Jordanian King Abdullah II issued statements after talks in the resort town of Aqaba.

Standing at podiums near the Red Sea, the men spoke to diplomats and reporters and shook hands following the event.

"In regard to the unauthorized outposts," Sharon said. "I want to reiterate that Israel is a society governed by the rule of law. Thus we will immediately begin to remove unauthorized outposts.

"Permanent security requires peace." (Sharon transcript)

He said Israel strongly supports Bush's vision of two states living side by side in peace and security and welcomes the chance to resume negotiations with the Palestinians.

"It is in Israel's interest not to govern the Palestinians, but for the Palestinians to govern themselves," Sharon said.

A senior Israeli official could not say how many unauthorized outposts will be dismantled, only that several will be removed. Settlers plan a protest rally Wednesday night in Jerusalem. (Full story)

Abbas said ending the Palestinian uprising was necessary to establish an independent Palestinian state by 2005, a goal of the U.S.-backed "road map" to peace. (Interactive: The Middle East road map)

"We will exert all of our efforts, using all of our resources to end the militarization of the intifada, and we will succeed," Abbas said. "The armed intifada must end, and we must use and resort to peaceful means in our quest to end the occupation and the suffering of Palestinians and Israelis and to establish a Palestinian state.

"There will be no military solution to this conflict," Abbas said, adding that it is "inconsistent with our religious and moral traditions." (Abbas transcript)

The Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization Hamas has rejected Abbas' call to end the armed intifada, a spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

However, spokesman Mahmoud Zahar said that Hamas would continue to discuss with the prime minister whether to accept a cease-fire and an end to attacks against Israelis.

The U.S. State Department has labeled Hamas as a terrorist organization. The group's military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, has admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians as well as strikes against the Israeli military.

Abbas has predicted he would reach a cease-fire with all Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist groups in three weeks. He is expected to confer with Hamas leaders after returning from Jordan.

Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Abdullah Shami said, "It is impossible to stop the struggle while we have the occupation. ... Stopping the military actions means free victory for our enemies, which we and the Palestinian people don't accept."

Islamic Jihad is a militant group dedicated to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel.

At Wednesday's summit, Bush held individual talks with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as a trilateral meeting before the statements. The president reiterated his approval of the removal of unauthorized settlements and the cessation of terrorism.

The Holy Land must be shared between the states of Palestine and Israel, Bush said, and "both must make tangible, immediate steps toward this vision."

"The issue of settlements must be addressed for peace to be achieved," said Bush, who also called for an end to terrorist attacks.

He said the United States will provide support for a new Palestinian security force. The president ordered U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to make the Mideast peace process their priority. (Bush transcript)

Later, aboard Air Force One, Bush said he believes there is a chance for a Mideast peace deal because both sides are "sick and tired of death." (Full story)

Abdullah urged leaders to reinvigorate hope for Palestinians and Israelis by acting on the road map. "We simply cannot afford the alternative," he said. "Dreams alone cannot fulfill hopes." (Abdullah transcript)

Bush arrived in Aqaba after meeting Tuesday with Arab leaders in Egypt. The leaders promised to fight terrorism and help work for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

While in Egypt, Bush said Israel "must deal with the settlements" and the Palestinians must not allow "a few terrorists" to thwart Middle East peace. (Full story)

Those issues are goals in the first of three phases outlined in the road map, developed by the so-called Mideast Quartet -- the European Union, United States, United Nations and Russia.

"The world needs to have a Palestinian state that is free and at peace, and therefore my government will work with all parties concerned to achieve that vision," Bush said Tuesday. "I believe now is the time to work to achieve the vision."

Egyptian, Saudi, Jordanian, Bahraini and Palestinians leaders vowed Tuesday to cut off funding for terrorist groups.

"We will use the full force of the law to stop funds getting to illegal organizations, including terrorist groups," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said.

CNN Correspondents Kelly Wallace in Gaza, John Vause in Jerusalem and John King in Aqaba contributed to this report.


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