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Murphy Returning to Mideast in Effort to Bring About Peace Talks

The U.S. is boosting its efforts to bring about peace talks to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, the State Department announced yesterday.

“The Administration is intensifying its efforts to help the parties reach the negotiation table,” State Department spokesman Charles Redman announced in response to a question. He said that in the context of this “intensification,” Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Richard Murphy would be going to the region “in the near future.”

Calling the new effort “an intensification of an ongoing process,” Redman said that Murphy’s direct contacts with regional leaders were the main element. But he declined to specify when the Assistant Secretary would leave or what else the “intensification” entails.