Barak Seeks US Summit on July 5
Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak has proposed to US President Bill Clinton that he invite Palestinian president Yasser Arafat to a three-way summit on July 5th, in which the leaders would try to nail down details of a framework agreement, reported Haaretz newspaper.
The paper said that Barak believes that there is no point in holding further talks at lower levels, and that the time has come for the leaders to take decisions.
Barak's office said Tuesday that the main reason for beginning on July 5th was to refrain from cutting short US Independence Day celebrations the day before.
The prime minister's aides also checked if enough time remained before Congress's summer recess to allow legislators to approve the special American aid package to Israel and the Palestinians, if an agreement were, in fact, reached, said the paper.
Responding to a report published by Yedioth Ahronoth, saying the summit would begin on July 6th, a source in Barak's office told Haaretz "It hasn't yet been agreed that the summit will take place, but if there is agreement, this is a reasonable date."
US Middle East envoy, Dennis Ross, will arrive in Israel on Thursday to pave the way for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit next Tuesday for separate talks with Barak and Arafat, said the paper - Albawaba.com
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