Briefing Skipper: Proximity talks, Clinton to Russia, Jihad Jane, Myanmar
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of Thursday’s briefing by spokesman P.J. Crowley: The Palestinians are not pulling out of the deal to have "proximity" talks with the Israelis, despite reports saying that are, according to Crowley. "I don’t think ...
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of Thursday’s briefing by spokesman P.J. Crowley:
- The Palestinians are not pulling out of the deal to have "proximity" talks with the Israelis, despite reports saying that are, according to Crowley. "I don’t think that that report that’s been circulating for the last 24 hours is accurate. We’ve heard nothing to indicate that they’ve pulled out," he said. Vice President Joseph Biden has moved on to Amman, Jordan. Special Envoy George Mitchell and Assistant Secretary Jeff Feltman are working the phones in Washington, calling up regional leaders.
- Mitchell is still planning to return to the region next week. "There are always going to be bumps in the road, but the only way to resolve these difficult issues is through discussions that lead to formal negotiations that lead to a peace agreement that addresses all of the key issues," Crowley added.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is going to Moscow for a Quartet meeting. Details here.
- No comment on whether the State Department is seeking or being granted consular access for two people arrested abroad in connection to the arrest of Colleen R. LaRose aka Jihad Jane.
- Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell was in Bangkok Thursday, where he took the opportunity to say that "We are very disappointed and we are concerned" with the Burmese Junta’s decision to write election laws that bar leading opposition candidates like Aung San Suu Kyi from running. Friday Campbell is in Brunei, next week in Tokyo.
- Sudan Special Envoy Scott Gration was in Doha Thursday and met with Kenyan Minister of Trade Amos Kimunya, former Kenyan president Daniel Moi, and General Lazarus Sumbeiywo. The topic? Implementation of the 2005 North-South CPA, Crowley said.
- The Senate confirmed former spokesman and Ambassador Ian Kelly as the new U.S. Representative to the OSCE. Congrats Ian!
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