Baker's Mideast Triumph May Fade With The Flashbulbs

After months of arm-twisting in the Middle East, Secretary of State James A. Baker III seems about to suc ceed in prodding Arabs and Israelis to join in a regional peace conference. The changed post-cold-war politics of the Mideast have persuaded the Syrians and Israelis to attend. While Yasser Arafat, the Palestine Liberation Organization's leader, is dragging his heels, he risks having talks go on without him if he hangs back.

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