Thursday, June 21, 2012

US-Palestine Negotiates Discussing Stagnant Peace

WASHINGTON, - Palestinian consultant Saeb Erakat will meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington next week in an effort to try to revive the harsh peace talks, a US official said.
Clinton met Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho and "He will meet Erakat next week," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said.
The top US diplomat also spoke two days ago with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and separately with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.
"All this is further to encourage them to build an exchange of letters and continue to take the next step towards the negotiating table," Nuland told reporters.
"We try to improve the atmosphere so that we can make progress and get them back to the negotiating table."
While direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians remained frozen, high officials from both sides had a quiet dialogue on various issues, including the exchange of letters between Netanyahu and Abbas.
Middle East Quartet envoys met in Brussels on Friday amid calls for Palestinian calls to step up measures to stop Israeli settlements that continue to carry out activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Officials from the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia gathered "to consult when they also routinely hold telephone talks", said a spokesman for EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton.

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