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U.N. troops may patrol Israeli-Palestinian border

September 17, 2000

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— The United Nations is prepared to send peacekeeping troops along a future Israeli-Palestinian border should a peace accord be signed, a top Palestinian official said Saturday.

The issue of final borders between Israel and a future Palestinian entity is one of the main subjects to be resolved in negotiations for a peace deal, which have been deadlocked over the future of Jerusalem.

Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath, in Washington for consultations on the peace process, said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan made the assurance during a meeting between the two last week at the United Nations.

The U.N. spokesman's office had no immediate comment on the secretary-general's reported assurance to Shaath.

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators returned to the region after several days of separate talks in New York and Washington with U.S. officials trying to revive the talks after their breakdown over the Jerusalem issue in July at a Camp David summit.

Shaath, speaking to The Associated Press from Washington, said the Americans were drawing up an assessment paper to help determine how the sides can best move forward in their last-ditch effort to clinch a Mideast peace deal.

He said the Palestinians were "not ready to make concessions" on Jerusalem. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has insisted on Palestinian or Muslim sovereignty over all of east Jerusalem including holy sites there something Israel has rejected.

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