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AQABA, Jordan (CNN) -- Below are excerpts from statements made at Wednesday's summit by U.S. President George W. Bush, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The summit was hosted by King Abdullah II of Jordan.

U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

"All here today now share a goal: The Holy Land must be shared between the state of Palestine and the state of Israel, living at peace with each and with every nation of the Middle East."

"The issue of settlements must be addressed for peace to be achieved. In addition, Prime Minister Sharon has stated that no unilateral actions by either side can or should prejudge the outcome of future negotiations."

"Prime Minister Abbas recognizes that terrorist crimes are a dangerous obstacle to the independent state his people seek."

"Yet these two leaders cannot bring about peace if they must act alone. True peace requires the support of other nations in the region."

"The journey we're taking is difficult, but there is no other choice. No leader of conscience can accept more months and years of humiliation, killing and mourning. And these leaders of conscience have made their declarations today in the cause of peace. The United States is committed to that cause. If all sides fulfill their obligation, I know that peace can finally come." (Transcript)

PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER MAHMOUD ABBAS

"Let me be very clear: There will be no military solution for this conflict, so we repeat our renunciation and the renunciation of terrorism against the Israelis wherever they might be. Such methods are inconsistent with our religious and moral traditions and are a dangerous obstacle to the achievement of an independent sovereign state we seek. These methods also conflict with the kinds of state we wish to build based on human rights and the rule of law."

"We will exert all of our efforts using all our resources to end the militarization of the intifada and we will succeed. 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."

"Our goal is clear and we will implement it firmly and without compromise: a complete end to violence and terrorism. And we will be full partners in the international war against terrorism. And we will call upon our partners in this war to prevent financial and military assistance to those who oppose this position." (Transcript)

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON

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

"It is in Israel's interest not to govern the Palestinians, but for the Palestinians to govern themselves in their own state. A democratic Palestinian state fully at peace with Israel will promote the long-term security and well-being of Israel as a Jewish state."

"As all parties perform their obligations, we will seek to restore normal Palestinian life, improve the humanitarian situation, rebuild trust and promote progress toward the president's vision. We will act in a manner that respects the dignity as well as the human rights of all people."

"We can also reassure our Palestinian partners that we understand the importance of territorial contiguity in the West Bank for a viable Palestinian state." (Transcript)

JORDANIAN KING ABDULLAH II

"To be sure, the road to realizing this vision will not be straightforward or without obstacles. I'm aware that many in our region and around the world, you are gathering today through a lens marred with skepticism and suspicion. The failures and frustrations of the past have left many disbelievers in their wake."

"Today, we have an opportunity and obligation to reinstate faith in the process and to reinvigorate hopes for a better tomorrow."

"It is only ... our strong position against violence in any form and from whatever source. Blowing up buses will not induce the Israelis to move forward, and neither will the killing of Palestinians or the demolition of their homes and their future. All this needs to stop. And we pledge that Jordan will do its utmost to help achieve it." (Transcript)


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