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Middle East / Peace Summit / Sharon, Abbas / Cohen Interview #729939

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 03, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Aqaba, Jordan: Christiane Amanpour) President Bush's efforts to kickstart the Middle East peace process featured; scenes shown from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, of Bush's meeting with Arab leaders. [BUSH - says we see the potential for a new Palestinian state & for broader peace in the region; states he is committed to helping lead to peace.] The schedule for meetings in Jordan between Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon & Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas outlined; details given of the Israel's goodwill gesture of releasing Palestinian prisoners.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: John Vause) The challenges for Sharon in pushing for peace examined. [In Jerusalem, Sharon supporters Fred HUEMAN†, Efraim LUDZKR†- offer views on Sharon.] [Political analyst Gerald STEINBERG†- comments on Sharon's possible accomplishments on the peace front.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Gaza City: Kelly Wallace) The challenges to Abbas in reaching peace examined; scenes shown of a Palestinian rally in Gaza. [Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah el-SHAMI†- {thru translator} promises to attack if settlements are still there.] What Abbas needs from Sharon outlined on screen. [Hamas leader Abdel Aziz RANTISI†- states we will target their "civilians" if they target ours.] [Hamas leader ABU SHANAB†- comments on the road map.] [Palestinian WOMAN - hopes Abbas can make life better.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live in-studio interview held with Inst. for Middle East Peace & Development Stephen Cohen about peace in the Middle East. [COHEN - says Abbas is being tested by the Arab leaders; states Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat is the context in which Abbas has his legitimacy; outlines "markers" on the peace process, including whether there will be a US day-to-day presence & whether Abu Mazen will be able to keep Hamas from killing Israelis & whether Sharon starts to talk with Abu Mazen about "keeping the thing going."]

Brown, Aaron;
Amanpour, Christiane;
Vause, John;
Wallace, Kelly

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