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Rice Sees Mid-East Deal This Year.

The US still believes a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians is possible by the year's end, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said.

Meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, she described continued Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank as "problematic".

US President George W Bush is hoping for a peace deal by the time he leaves office in January.

Mr Abbas said failure to reach a peace deal was not an option.

The current peace process, launched at the big Middle East conference that Mr Bush hosted at Annapolis in November, has been dogged by a perceived lack of progress.

Ms Rice is due to have talks on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whom she saw for dinner on Saturday.

'Little progress'

Before travelling to Ramallah on Sunday morning, Ms Rice met Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Prime Minis



Added: May-4-2008 
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