United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with top Israeli officials in a bid to advance peace talks. At a news conference with Annan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his stance that Israel alone would determine the extent of its withdrawal from the West Bank. Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said after a meeting with Annan that the secretary-general appeared to support in principle Israel’s plan to withdraw its troops from southern Lebanon.
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