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12/5/03 - State Department

Powell Briefed on Non-Official Peace Plan

The architects of a non-official Middle East peace plan say they're "encouraged" by the Bush administration's reception to their proposed terms for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

They spoke with reporters following a meeting with Secretary of State Powell. There's been no comment so far from Powell or his spokesman.

Former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee took part in the meeting. They describe their plan as an unprecedented "endgame" that complements rather than conflicts with a U.S.-backed road map.

Rabbo called the plan that he and Beilin negotiated a solution that -- in his words -- "satisfies the basic aspirations of the people on both sides,"

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