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%xh(Secretary of State Albright Says in Egypt That She Is Hopeful That Mideast Peace Talks Will Succeed Soon%)By MARIAM SAMI
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) _ Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she today she is hopeful a new peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would be reached soon.
But speaking to reporters as the two sides continued to negotiate on a plan to revive the Wye River peace accord, Albright said she could do only so much to bring the parties together.
``While the United States and Egypt can be helpful, it is up to the parties themselves to make the hard decisions,″ she said after meeting with another key mediator, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
``The negotiations are still going on. We expect them to continue and we hope very much that they will come to a conclusion as soon as possible.″
There had been hopes an agreement could be reached while Albright was in Egypt. She headed to Jerusalem after the press conference.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s office said he and Foreign Minister David Levy would meet with Albright at his office in Jerusalem at 11:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EDT).