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Blair wants new peace initiative
Photo: Reuters
Blair seeks new Mideast peace plan
British leader says G8 nations should produce new initiative during next week’s summit
Leaders of the Group of Eight nations should produce a new initiative next week on the Middle East peace process, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday.


"I hope but I can't yet be sure that there will be a specific initiative on the Israeli-Palestinian issue," Blair, who will chair the G8 summit, told a news conference.


"I can't make any commitments or promises on it but ... I've set aside time within the summit now to do this because there have been developments over the past few days that lead me to believe we may be able to make some progress," Blair said.


G8 summit to be held in Scotland


The G8 leaders hold their annual meeting in the Gleneagles hotel in Scotland from next Wednesday to Friday, ahead of the upcoming Gaza Strip and northern West Bank withdrawal.


The United States, traditionally the main Middle East peace broker, sees the withdrawal as a move that could help revive talks on a long stalled "road map" peace initiative.


Blair said there was a new but fragile "atmosphere of hope." His officials would not disclose any details, saying they were still up for negotiation.


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