Middle East: Barak and Arafat: Talking but Not Agreeing

Barak and Arafat: Talking but Not Agreeing

Madeleine Albright is finding Israeli Prime Minister EHUD BARAK easier to deal with than his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who always had to be dragged into peace talks. Even so, Albright headed for the Middle East again this week and had to try to untangle more of the same old squabbles.

The good news is that Barak wants to negotiate by mid-February the outlines of a settlement with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and begin talks with Syrian President Hafez Assad on returning the Golan Heights. The aging Arafat and Assad both realize this is probably their best and last chance to reach...

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