|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.