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February 22, 2000
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Yasser Arafat said he is ready to advance the deadlocked peace talks with Israel. But the Palestinian Authority president added that if there is no deal by September, Palestinians have the right to declare statehood unilaterally. He also said there is no longer a need to negotiate an outline for a final peace accord. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said the outline could be concluded by May.

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