Barak Due in London and Paris for Talks on Mideast Peace
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak left early Wednesday for London and Paris, where he is due to meet British Prime Minister and French President Jacques Chirac during the day, his press service said.
Barak was due to have a working breakfast with Blair and lunch with Chirac.
In Paris, the press service of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said Tuesday that he would also have a meeting with his Israeli counterpart.
Barak's office said Monday that his whirlwind trip would focus on the Middle East peace process and how to break the current deadlock in negotiations with the Palestinians.
Chirac had talks Saturday with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Paris, who came to seek support from Paris and the European Union, of which France has just taken over the rotating presidency, for the proclamation of a Palestinian state on September 13th.
Late Monday, the Palestine Liberation Organization announced it would implement its 1988 declaration of independence from Israel even in the absence of a peace agreement with the Jewish state which is meant to be concluded by then -- OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP)
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