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Palestinians Said to Near Talks on Cease-Fire

A senior Egyptian mediator reached agreement with Palestinian leaders on Monday to start cease-fire talks among militants within two days, Palestinian officials said. In a kind of parallel, the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, said in Rome on Monday that he might meet with the Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, “in the next few days.” The two leaders would be renewing top-level talks that halted in August, during the violence that ended a previous Palestinian cease-fire. Nabil Aburdeineh, the top aide to the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, said Mr. Arafat had approved plans by the Egyptian mediator, Omar Suleiman, to send a delegation to Gaza within 48 hours to begin discussions among the militant factions. Those discussions are to be followed by a meeting of all the groups in Cairo. Full Story

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