Rice: Secret Talks Must Show Progress

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Israelis and Palestinians need to show that secret negotiations are progressing.

Rice is particularly interested in publicizing final borders for a future Palestinian state, which she believes is the easiest issue to resolve. She suggested drawing up a final map, which would pave the way to resolving other issues.

"There are realities for both sides, which is why they need to draw a map and get it done," Rice told the press.

The secretary of state's demand for a "memorandum of agreement" before US President George W. Bush's arrival Wednesday was rejected by both sides.

With Olmert embroiled in another police investigation and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas having made little progress in reigning in terror groups, both are perceived as weak leaders.

"Some progress is still possible," the secretary of state said before she left Israel last week.

Source: The Associated Press

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