U.S. Calls Its Mideast Road Map 'Rutted and Bumpy'

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Tuesday described the U.S.-backed road map for Middle East peace as “very rutted and bumpy.”

Armitage also told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he saw little reason for optimism until there was a Palestinian government willing to crack down on Palestinian militants. The comments were an unusually blunt assessment of the parlous state of U.S. peace-making in the Middle East, where more than 2,000 Palestinians and 800 Israelis have been killed in the last three years of conflict. Full Story

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