Monday, October 19, 1998 Published at 07:17 GMT 08:17 UK
World: Middle East
More time for Mideast peace talks
The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, discusses matters with President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
The Middle East peace summit in Maryland is to continue into an unscheduled fifth day amid reports of serious difficulties.
The Israeli delegation has been demanding cast iron security guarantees before agreeing to return any more land to the Palestinians.
US President Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for a second consecutive day, and White House officials say agreement is still possible.
He says the Israelis are not satisfied by security guarantees the Palestinians are offering them in return for Israel withdrawing from another 13% of the West Bank.
Israel's hawkish new foreign minister, Ariel Sharon, is also taking part in the negotiations for the first time.
The Palestinians are insisting Israel's 13% withdrawal be followed by another pull back before any permanent settlement. They point out the withdrawal was agreed to by Israel under the Oslo peace process.
The Palestinian side is also pressing for the release of several thousand Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
Leaders 'cannot afford failure', says Clinton
But the Americans know that no agreement can come unless the two leaders deem it to be in their own best interests.
President Clinton continues to tell both men that they cannot afford to let this summit end in failure.
The others are examining an airport for Gaza, a corridor between Gaza and the West Bank and other economic problems.
The Americans are trying to define a package of security measures to be taken by the Palestinians at the same time as the Israeli withdrawal.
CIA chiefs have also been talking with both sides on security.