Israeli Delegates Receive Official Order to Quit Summit
Israeli delegates have received orders to leave the Camp David peace summit and board an air force plane Wednesday night for Tel Aviv, according to a copy of the notice obtained by AFP.
"We see fit to inform you of the following timetable for the flight back to Israel," said the administrative order dated July 19th.
The flight was to take off at 8 p.m. (0000 GMT Thursday) from Andrews Air base, near Washington, but Israeli journalists due to board the prime minister's flight were later informed it had been put back for two hours.
The order noted the timetable could alter.
Delegates, who have been holed up at Camp David since July 11th, were told in the order to prepare for a security check at midday and be ready to depart for the airport at 4:30 p.m. (2030 GMT).
Israeli journalists at a hotel near Camp David said they had undergone the security check and were packed to leave the hotel for the airport.
Prime Minister Ehud Barak gave US President Bill Clinton a letter Wednesday regretting Palestinian unwillingness to take a historic decision for peace and warning of tragic consequences, a senior Israeli source said.
The White House confirmed Clinton, who has extended the negotiations and set a deadline of dawn on Thursday, had received a letter from Barak, but would not unveil the contents.
According to the White House, the talks were continuing at the presidential retreat -- THURMONT, July 19 (AFP)
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