A water-sharing agreement among Georgia, Alabama and Florida continues to appear unlikely.
The parties have scheduled no more negotiations between now and the deadline on Saturday.
A spokesman for Alabama Governor Bob Riley -- Todd Stacy -- said
yesterday confidential talks appear all but dead for now.
Representatives from the three states met on Monday.
Stacy says U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne is
expected to release a statement later this week.
Kempthorne has tried to broker a deal among the states since last fall.
The states' differences are the subject of lawsuits in federal courts in Alabama and Florida, so continued litigation could determine how the water is divided.
Hopes for an out-of-court agreement began to fade earlier this week when Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue accused his counterparts Tuesday of lacking resolve in the negotiations.
Perdue told The Associated Press the two other states' problems are NOT as critical as Georgia's.
Alabama's Riley responded that Perdue's comments show why talks
among the states are failing.