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Obama sees mood better for Mideast peace talks

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's worked
harder than other presidents in recent years to arrange a Mideast
peace agreement, arguing he's created "the space, the atmosphere"
for new talks.
Obama made the assertion in a joint appearance with Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who promised to cooperate in her own
right on this long-sought goal.
Asked why he thinks the "moment is now" to restart talks,
Obama noted that in just his first five months in office, "we've
seen extraordinary activity already on this issue, and that sent a
signal to all the parties."
He said he was sending special envoy George Mitchell back to the
region next week to follow up on his Cairo speech. And Obama said,
"You've probably see more sustained activity on this issue in the
first five months than you would have seen in most previous

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