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The Political Scene

US Secretary of State James Baker has been touring the area giving writtenassurances to the participants in the proposed peace conference, including thePalestinians, but the final hurdle - Palestinian representation - has yet to beovercome. Mr. Baker's visit came against the background of an unprecedentedlyacrimonious row between the US and Israel over housing loan guarantees, and onein which the Americans are for once giving as good as (or...