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Vatican     HOLY SEE PRESSES FOR INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT IN JERUSALEM
In talks with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Vatican has insisted that Jerusalem's large number of holy sites needs international oversight.
    Albright listened, but made clear the Vatican proposal for international stewardship of the holy sites had no takers at Camp David.
    "Nobody wanted -- I mean, at Camp David certainly the issue of internationalisation was not the solution," Albright told a Rome news conference before talks at the Vatican.
    Albright interrupted her trip home from an Asian tour to discuss the current status of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with her counterpart at the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II had watched --and spoken out on -- the Camp David talks from afar.
    The U.S.-brokered talks deadlocked on the crucial issue of Israel's and the Palestinians rival claims to Jerusalem as their capital.
    Yesterday, the Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, pressed the position John Paul laid out, saying a "special statute, internationally guaranteed," is a "necessity" for the city's sacred places.
    AP
   
2/8/00



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