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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on the Middle East Peace Process Meetings
London, United Kingdom, May 5, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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For the past 48 hours, I have been involved in an intensive effort to reach an agreement that would put Israeli-Palestinian negotiations back on track. We have made some progress which we hope will facilitate agreement in the coming days. If the issues are resolved, President Clinton is prepared to invite the parties to Washington on May 11, 1998, to launch accelerated permanent status negotiations.

I have discussed the American ideas with both leaders and they have engaged with me in a serious and constructive manner. We will need to have further discussions with both of them in the coming days, but Chairman Arafat has accepted our ideas in principle.

We have a strategic opportunity to put the peace process back on track. We cannot afford to lose it.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prime Minister Blair and his government for his gracious hospitality and his staunch support for my efforts.

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