URGENT: Camp David Breaks Down
The Middle East peace summit broke down without an agreement on Tuesday, according to White House, reported AFP.
President Bill Clinton has concluded that Israelis and Palestinians are unable to reach an agreement in Middle East peace talks at Camp David and he will return to the White House to make a statement, the White House said, quoted by Reuters.
"The president has concluded that the two sides are not able to reach an agreement," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a statement. He said Clinton would return to the White House immediately.
Earlier, in a report by AFP, the agency said Israel's army is prepared for violent confrontations with the Palestinians if the two sides fail to reach a peace deal, quoting Army Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz as saying.
The Israeli army "is ready for any eventual confrontation with the Palestinians in the territories, and has made all preparations for it since the beginning of the year," the general told a parliamentary committee.
While expressing "hope that such a confrontation does not take place," Mofaz said that avoiding violence depends on the Palestinians' decisions.
Mofaz stressed to the Israeli MPs that the Palestinians "are also intensifying their preparations in light of any eventual confrontation."
The chief of staff's remarks were at odds with those of Vice Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh, who during a visit to the Israeli-Lebanese border Tuesday said that there were "no specific preparations for a confrontation."
"It's not a good idea to build tension in the region artificially," he said – (Several Sources)
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