The work is going very well, and ... I hope and expect that we will conclude an agreement shortly thereafter.
More Quotes from Dennis Ross:This is a leader who governed Syria for 30 years. The landscape is changing with the change in Syria. The landscape is changing with Israel being out of Lebanon. The landscape is changing with permanent status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that are serious.
I think we've seen over the course of the last year is that Chairman Arafat may well be committed to wanting to live in peace with Israel, but his own capacity at this stage to reach a permanent agreement is at least something that has to be questioned.
the peace process is still alive.
There is no question that Jordan is strongly committed to the peace process and will always be supportive of any effort to try to find ways to put things back on track,
The problem is, you've got a complete dysfunction on the Palestinian side. For all the talk of peace process, the United States will be with Israel on its unilateral steps and hoping that the next prime minister of Israel will do what Sharon would have done.
It's a reminder that this is a very difficult time,
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