Talks Around The Clock: A Frantic Hunt For Peace

For the Secretary of State, a wild week of chasing impossible deals

It's hard to be optimistic about peace talks in which one of the leaders has to be held hostage. Madeleine Albright had been holed up with Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak for almost 12 hours last Wednesday in the U.S. ambassador's residence in Paris. But the Israeli Prime Minister still refused Arafat's demand for an international inquiry into the violent clashes that had so far left more than 60 Palestinians dead. By 10 p.m., Albright's aides broke the news to Arafat that the best he would probably get was a U.S.-led fact-finding commission.

"No!" Arafat thundered and stormed out of one...

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