Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres thinks there is a good chance Jordan might be willing to join in on the Middle East talks.
GV INTERIOR Israeli Opposition Leader Shimon Peres talking to newsmen
SCU ZOOM IN TO CU Peres talking while newsmen take noted (4 shots)
PERES: "Well, the real difficulty lays, in our judgement, is the issue of timetable. Because now we are talking note just about how to run the elections, and not just what will be the authorities of the autonomy, but when will the elections take place, when will the self governing authority be established and so on. And then, if one would like to take upon himself such dates, I can hardly see how can it be achieved, because in order to have a timetable we have to partner. And I do not seen for the time being, a real partner to negotiate. My own opinion was that the best partner for negotiating the future of the West Bank is naturally, the Jordanian Kingdom. And any other partner either is not representing the situation or cannot really suggest to the people where to go are in which way. We felt that the treaties are differing from the government in strategy and tactics, where 'A' we felt the negotiations should be conducted as swiftly as possible at the early stage. Secondly we fet than on the West Bank, a declaration of intent would be by far much better than a detailed plan on autonomy. And to leave the details of the negotiations between us and Jordan"
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Background: Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres thinks there is a good chance Jordan might be willing to join in on the Middle East talks. But he says that some minor differences have to be ironed out first.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Peres made his remarks while speaking to the Foreign Press Association.