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U.S. declines to confirm date for Mideast peace conference
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08:54, November 13, 2007

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The United States declined Monday to confirm the date for the upcoming U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace conference to be held in Annapolis, Maryland.

"We haven't announced any dates and I wouldn't necessarily think that information is going to bear out when we finally make the announcement," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said at a briefing.

"We'll look to Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice for if and when she's going to do that as we get closer," Perino said.

The Middle East peace conference is tentatively to take place from Nov. 25-27, according to U.S. media.

However, the peace conference looks to be thin on content, mostly serving as a stage to begin formal negotiations on a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, the New York Times said in a report on Monday.

U.S. and Israeli officials have been so busy dampening expectations that they are not even calling the event a conference anymore, instead referring to it merely as a "meeting," the report said.

The Middle East peace process has been stalled due to the violence between the two sides as well as the internal conflicts of Palestinian factions.

Source: Xinhua

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