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Middle East Peace Summit: U.S. Proposal Calls for Mixed Sovereignty in East Jerusalem

Aired July 21, 2000 - 2:32 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: Perhaps the toughest issue facing the Israelis and Palestinians at the Camp David summit is the status of Jerusalem, the holy city claimed by both.

For more on how the talks are going, let's check in with CNN's Andrea Koppel.

Hi, Andrea.

ANDREA KOPPEL, CNN STATE DEPARTMENT CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Andria.

Well, for a 10th day negotiations at Camp David are continuing. But these talks are continuing under the stewardship of U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Now on that issue of the future of Jerusalem, it is our understanding that negotiators have agreed to put that aside for the moment.

According to a U.S. proposal, U.S. ideas, that were put forward by President Clinton before he left for Japan, the Israelis and the Palestinians would share sovereignty over Jerusalem. According to this plan, the Palestinians would get sovereignty over a part of East Jerusalem, which they would claim as the capital of a Palestinian state. And the Israelis would get the remainder of East Jerusalem, they would also then be able to incorporate certain Jewish settlements outside this city of Jerusalem.

Now what you are looking at right now is a picture of a meeting, a dinner that took place last night. It shows what appears to have been a light moment between Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

But according to the state department spokesman, Richard Boucher, that light moment doesn't mean that the talks themselves are lighthearted.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RICHARD BOUCHER, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: Everybody is aware of the fact we almost came to an end without an agreement the other night. So this is a serious mood, it's not jovial, I would say.

QUESTION: It's not acrimonious? BOUCHER: It's not acrimonious, there's discussions between them, discussions are continuing. People are talking to each other, certainly all the delegations are talking all the time. But I don't -- I think, you know, a serious mood is probably the best way to describe it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KOPPEL: And so while the future status of Jerusalem is on the side, negotiations are continuing on narrowing differences on other issues that -- core issues of the dispute.

Reporting live, I'm Andrea Koppel, CNN, near Camp David, Maryland.

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