Middle East Four Steps to Peace

But Israel's Shamir, riled by the heat he is getting from Bush and Baker, is balking at the first one

If everything goes according to plan, peace in the Middle East is just four steps away. First, Secretary of State James Baker will meet in Washington with the Egyptian and Israeli foreign ministers to select a Palestinian delegation. That group, in turn, will travel to Cairo, where Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be host for preliminary talks in which the Palestinians and an Israeli delegation will set down the ground rules for elections in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. They will use as their framework a proposal put forward ten months ago by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Balloting...

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