USA: WHITE HOUSE SAYS MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS AT CAMP DAVID CONTINUE DESPITE REPORTS OF DEADLOCK
- Title: USA: WHITE HOUSE SAYS MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS AT CAMP DAVID CONTINUE DESPITE REPORTS OF DEADLOCK
- Date: 20th July 2000
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JULY 19, 2000) (REUTERS) SOUNDBITE (English) UZI TAMIR, ISRAELI CABINET MINISTER SAYING "Certainly we came here with high hopes that we can change the future of the Middle East. We came here because we believe it would be better for all of us if we have a peace agreement. Unfortunately, it seems as if Yasser Arafat is not ready at the moment to reciprocate." THURMONT, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (JULY 19, 2000) (REUTERS) SCU PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKING AT WALL OF STILL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN DURING THE PEACE TALKS AND TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH OF THEM PAN RIGHT TO PHOTOGRAPHS SCU STILL PHOTOGRAPHS Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: THURMONT, MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:29
- Topics: General,Politics
- Story Text: The White House said on Wednesday (July, 19) that a Middle East peace summit was continuing despite Israeli reports that Prime Minister Ehud Barak was preparing to leave in frustration at the Palestinians' stance.
The White House said on Wednesday (July 19) that a Middle East peace summit was continuing despite Israeli reports that Prime Minister Ehud Barak was preparing to leave in frustration at the Palestinians' stance.
"The meetings are still unfolding, they are going in a way that we believe offers the best chance of reaching an agreement," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart told a briefing. "The White House has not been informed of anyone planning to leave."
Lockhart said Clinton was meeting Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Wednesday morning (July 19) after conferring with his advisers, and he still intended to fly to Japan before dawn on Thursday (July 20) to attend a Group of Eight nations summit, a day later than originally planned.
Asked about statements by senior Israeli officials that Barak was threatening to walk out, Lockhart said: "We checked with the spokesman for Prime Minister Barak who assured us there was neither a written nor an oral official statement issued fromJerusalem this morning.
In an interview with Reuters Television in Washington, Israeli Cabinet Minister Uzi Tamir said the Israeli delegation came to the talks "with high hopes" of changing the future of the Middle East. Unfortunately, she added "it seems as if Yassir Arafat is not ready at the moment to reciprocate."
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