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Chronology: Progress of Camp David Middle East summit

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THURMONT, Md. — Following is a chronology of Middle East summit talks at Camp David, which entered their ninth day on Wednesday:

June 28 &#151 U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the Middle East to try to arrange a summit before a crucial Sept. 13 peace deadline. Palestinians say lower level talks are needed before any summit but both sides say will defer to President Bill Clinton on how to proceed.

July 5 — Clinton invites parties to Camp David, site of landmark 1978 Israeli-Egyptian peace accords, saying "no guarantee of success" for talks.

July 10 &#151 Barak's coalition shatters as three right-leaning parties bolt government over fears the prime minister will concede too much to Arafat. Barak narrowly survives no-confidence motion on eve of departure for Camp David.

July 11 &#151 Clinton launches summit behind wall of official secrecy. During a photo session, Barak and Arafat jovially wrestle to insist the other be first to enter a cabin.

July 12 &#151 Removing an irritant in Israeli-U.S. relations, Barak cancels signed deal to sell advanced airborne radar system to China strongly opposed by Washington. Barak and Arafat hold bilateral meeting without U.S. mediation.

July 13 &#151 Arafat threatens to walk out, sources say, in anger over U.S. bridging proposals Palestinians say are too close to Israeli positions. Clinton intervenes and withdraws proposals, averting crisis. White House calls talks "tense."

July 14 &#151 Washington bars three Palestinian officials, past opponents of Arafat's interim peace deals, from entering Camp David for meeting aimed at shoring up the Palestinian leader. Clinton, Barak and Arafat hold second trilateral meeting.

July 15 &#151 Talks slow for Jewish Sabbath. Sources report rising Palestinian optimism. Israelis say gaps remain wide.

July 16 &#151 Clinton tells New York Daily News "some progress" has been made but unclear if talks, the toughest he has experienced, will succeed. Expert-level teams discuss water, economics and civil affairs at U.S. center near Camp David.

July 17 &#151 White House says talks intensify, Clinton intends to depart for Group of Eight summit in Japan on July 19. Israeli and Palestinian sources say next 24 hours critical to any breakthrough.

July 19 &#151 Clinton delays trip to Japan for one day in order to continue his round-the-clock efforts to broker a peace agreement.

July 19 &#151 Barak threatens to walk out of summit, saying Palestinians are not a "true partner for peace," a senior Israeli source says. White House spokesman says knows nothing of report, expects talks to continue.