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    PA FOREIGN MINISTER: PALESTINE WILLING TO SIGN CEASEFIRE WITH ISRAEL

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 21, 2004, RIA NOVOSTI - Palestine is willing to sign a cease-fire with Israel, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said after Wednesday's talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov.

    Mr. Shaath said he had reiterated to the Russian side PA's adherence to the Road Map and its commitment to implementing this peace plan in full.

    "We should start with a bilateral, legally binding cease-fire agreement," the PA Foreign Minister said. It is necessary that such an agreement be provided with an appropriate monitoring mechanism, he added.

    According to the Palestinian official, PA is ready to meet the obligations it will assume under the prospective agreement.

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