Annapolis seen at November end


The Israeli-Palestinian peace conference in Annapolis, Md., will likely take place at the end of November.

Jerusalem sources said this week they expect the Annapolis conference to take place Nov. 25-27.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to set the final dates when she arrives in the region this weekend. It is still unclear which Arab powers will be invited to take part in the parley.

Rice is coming to the region in an 11th-hour attempt to bridge differences between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on what should be on the agenda in Annapolis.

Senior State Department officials David Welch and Elliot Abrams were expected to arrive in Israel on Thursday to prepare for the Rice visit.

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