Middle East Peace Talks Convened in London

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All parties involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--except Israel--met in London today at the invitation of Prime Minister Tony Blair to help the Palestinians build the institutions required for an independent state. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agreed that Palestinian leaders will overhaul the late Yasser Arafat's chaotic security system, and that the US will monitor progress. Secretary Rice called on Israel to assure that a Palestinian state is "viable" and "take no action" to prejudice a final settlement. We hear more about today's meeting, US involvement in Middle East peace and the impact of this week's events in Lebanon, with Israelis, Palestinians, and Middle East experts from the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Brookings Institution.
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Prime Minister Tony Blair on today's meeting

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Remarks of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (before meeting)

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