Israeli FM: no progress at Camp David Summit
The Israeli-Palestinian summit talks, which kicked off at Camp David on Tuesday have still not made any progress, Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy told journalists Sunday.
"The impression I have about is that rumors of progress in the negotiations based on Israeli concessions are baseless," he said, as he received his Czech counterpart, Jan Kavan.
"This is wishful thinking, because the Palestinians will not be satisfied with the offers that have been made to them," he added.
Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio, Haim Ramon, who has responsibility for Jerusalem, and is regarded as close to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, told Israel radio he did not think the two sides would reach agreement on the central issue of Jerusalem.
"If we do not leave out Jerusalem by agreeing to postpone a settlement for several years, the chances of reaching agreement in Camp David will be slim," he said.
But he was more upbeat about chances for agreement on other issues, despite the talks being "very tough and very complex."
Levy, is acting prime minister while Barak is away heading the team of Israeli negotiators at Camp David. He himself opposed the summit and refused to attend it.
Israel maintains that Jerusalem must remain its "eternal and undivided capital" while the Palestinians want to see the eastern part of the city, which Israel occupied during the June 1967 war, as the capital of their own future state - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP)
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