President Clinton has asked Israelis and Palestinians to come to the United States for a three-way summit later this month, a source close to the negotiations said Wednesday, reported The Associated Press.
The source, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Clinton was planning to announce the summit, apparently planned for July 11th and to last several days, later Wednesday in Washington. The source did not say whether the two sides have accepted the offer.
Asked to confirm the report, a US Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv declined comment, referring questions to the White House. White House officials were not immediately available for comment, said the AP.
Saeb Erekat, one of the Palestinian negotiators, told the agency he has not been informed that a summit would be convened soon. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's office declined immediate comment; Barak was in Europe, holding talks with British and French leaders.
Clinton has been considering whether to call a summit with Barak and Arafat ever since a visit last week by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, said the AP.
The object of the summit would be to hammer out a framework for a peace treaty. Israel has said it favors a summit, but the Palestinians have been saying the gaps are still too wide – Albawaba.com
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