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Israeli Government Officially Accepts Parameters of Clinton Peace Plan

Aired January 5, 2001 - 2:10 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: While both sides say they want to end the violence, they have reservations about the latest peace plan. As I mentioned, diplomats from the United States and Middle East are meeting again today. though, to discuss an Israeli response to President Clinton's proposal.

An our woman at the State Department, Andrea Koppel, joins us now with more on what could be a significant move by Israel. Andrea, what's new?

ANDREA KOPPEL, CNN STATE DEPARTMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, what's new, Lou is the following: In a new sign that Israel is refusing to throw in the towel on the peace process, CNN has learned and is continuing to learn new details about an Israeli document that's going to be presented later this afternoon at the White House by Gilead Sher. He's the top Israeli negotiator who arrived in Washington yesterday.

Now, according to Israeli officials, in this document -- it's a six-page document -- the Israeli government officially accepts the parameters that President Clinton laid out for a framework peace deal. He laid these out a couple of weeks ago. The Israelis say not only do they accept the parameters, but they only have one reservation. That reservation is that it must be accepted by the Palestinians.

Does that mean a peace deal is imminent? Absolutely not. As we heard earlier this week, the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat laid out a wide variety of reservations that his government and the Palestinian Authority have taken exception to with these parameters. Although the Palestinians accepted the parameters, they have a variety of reservations.

And so Mr. Sher's purpose here in Washington over the next couple of day is not only to present this document of Israeli ideas on the parameters that President Clinton laid out, but also to hear about the Palestinian reservations, to see if those gaps can be bridged, Lou.

In addition, of course all sides trying to work to end the violence that's going on that you just referred to there that's been going on now for several months in the region, hoping desperately that if they can end the violence the prospects for at least a framework deal will increase -- Lou. WATERS: All right, Andrea Koppel. We will wait for developments. We'll check back with you. Andrea Koppel at the State Department today.

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