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(From Agence France Presse)
US Secretary of State Colin Powell strove to reassure the Palestinians over the future of the roadmap for peace, even as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the thorny issue of Jewish settlements was not on his agenda.
Powell said on the Jordanian leg of his regional tour that the United States would not "rewrite" the roadmap during Sharon's visit to Washington on May 20 aimed at securing concessions for Israel.
"Israel has some comments on the roadmap and we will listen to their comments but we do not plan to rewrite or renegotiate the roadmap," Powell said at a joint news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Moasher.
Powell spoke after Palestinian officials …