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Clinton to Meet with Arafat, Barak

Sunday, 05 November 2000 12:00 AM

"The meetings are to assess the situation on the ground and begin to find a way back to negotiations," according to White House press secretary Jake Siewert.

Clinton, currently on a political trip to Arkansas, planned the post-election meetings with Arafat on Thursday and with Barak on Sunday, November 12.

The sessions would give Clinton another chance to try to promote a settlement between the two sides.

However, deep mistrust has grown stronger in more than a month of violence on the West Bank, in Gaza and in Israel.

Arafat has made it clear that he will settle for nothing less than East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Barak turned him down at the Camp David summit that Clinton organized in July.

Arafat, meanwhile, is scheduled to declare statehood on Nov. 15 regardless of the outcome of any U.S. mediation.

Clinton brokered a tentative truce between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at an emergency summit on Oct. 16 and 17 at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik, but it has so far been unsuccessful, as violence in the Middle East has persisted.

Siewert told reporters that the leaders will discuss the understandings reached at that summit, including security measures to restore calm, a fact-finding mechanism to assess blame for the recent violence, and a way to revive the peace process.

The Israeli-Palestinian violence, according to media reports, broke out more than five weeks ago and has claimed 170 lives in the worst bloodshed since peace talks began in 1993.

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