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Thursday, 20 July, 2000, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Accusations fly over Mid-East deadlock
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and President Clinton at Camp David
President Clinton worked late on Wednesday, but couldn't reach a deal
Israeli and Palestinian officials have blamed each other for the impasse at the Middle East peace summit, although the delegations at Camp David itself have held to the news blackout.

Despite the lack of agreement Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are to stay on in the US to continue talks without President Clinton, who has left for the Group of Eight summit in Japan.

Israeli Government spokesman Moshe Vogel told the BBC the Palestinians were unwilling to go the extra distance to make a deal.

Hassan Abdel Rahman, the Palestinian envoy in Washington, said Israel was refusing to adhere to United Nations resolutions on returning Palestinian territory and repatriating refugees.

"The man who bears responsibility for this failure is Barak who abandoned the basis of the peace process and international legitimacy," he said.

Sources say the status of Jerusalem, which both sides claim as their capital, was the biggest obstacle.

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will take over from President Clinton as efforts are made to revive the negotiations.

Barak attacked

In Israel, opposition leader Ariel Sharon has attacked Mr Barak, saying he has been outmanoeuvred and has offered dangerous concessions.

He alleged that the Israeli leader was putting the country in a dangerous situation by accepting concessions on Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Arafat supported

In contrast, the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, has received support in the Arab press for his refusal to compromise over the status of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian leader is reported to have told President Clinton that the Arab leader who would give up Jerusalem had not yet been born.

There should be no limit to the effort we are prepared to make

President Clinton
The summit had been called to resolve the issues at the heart of the Middle East process, including sovereignty over Jerusalem and the borders of a future Palestinian state.

The White House spokesman, Joe Lockhart, said the Israeli and Palestinian delegations had packed their bags after the breakdown of the talks, but had then agreed to stay on.

The BBC Middle East analyst says that, without Mr Clinton's presence, the prospects of a deal do not look bright.

'Extra mile'

President Clinton
Clinton: The gap is still substantial but nobody wants to give up
"Nobody wanted to give up," Mr Clinton said in a press briefing before heading off to Tokyo.

"The gaps remain substantial but there has been progress and we must all be prepared to go the extra mile."

"There should be no limit to the effort we are prepared to make," he said.

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