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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Palestine/Israeli peace stall as SOS Rice tries to work out a plan

From Reuters:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice holds a three-way meeting with the top Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators on Wednesday amid dimming expectations that a comprehensive deal is possible this year...Rice plans to meet separately with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and then sit down with her and former Palestinian Prime Minster Ahmed Qurei for an extended discussion....The talks will be the latest in a series Rice has convened this year but, like the Israeli-Palestinian bilateral negotiations, have yet to produce tangible progress toward ending the six-decade conflict....Beyond the intrinsic difficulty of resolving such controversial issues as the delineation of borders, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem, the effort is further hindered by the political divisions on both sides....Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is under

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