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Clinton interview excerpts by N.Y. Daily News

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THURMONT, Md. — Following are excerpts provided by the White House of a telephone interview of President Clinton by Michael Kramer of the New York Daily News. The interview, which dealt in part with the Camp David peace talks between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, took place Sunday.

Question: How's it (the Camp David summit) going?

President Clinton — "I'm more optimistic than I was when they got here. This is really important. We might make it. I don't know.

"God it's hard. It's like nothing I've ever dealt with. All the negotiations with the Irish, all the stuff I've done with the Palestinians before this and with the Israelis, the Balkans at Dayton.

"What's really troubling is that they know if they make a peace agreement half of their constituencies will have to be angry at them for a while.

"But I would be totally misleading if I said I had an inkling that a deal is at hand. That's just not true. But we're slogging."

Question: Will you leave for Japan on Wednesday

President Clinton — "I hope so. I'm gonna do my best to finish here. There's been some progress, but I can't say I know we'll succeed. They're trying. It's so hard. My heart goes out to them. It's really hard. It's the hardest thing I've ever seen."