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Planning to return to the middle east for further talks this week, Special Envoy George Mitchell sees promise in initial negotiations,
FROM Earth Times Below, www.earthtimes.org
Ramallah – United States peace envoy George Mitchell is to return to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week, most likely Wednesday or Thursday, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday.
Mitchell will meet separately with President Mahmoud Abbas and with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the sides continue their indirect peace talks, launched earlier this month.
The first round of talks ended one week ago, with what the US government described as “serious and wide-ranging” compromises from both sides.
Direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were suspended in late 2008, as Israel headed for elections. They were not renewed after the poll saw a new government, headed by Netanyahu, installed, despite pressure from the Obama administration.
The indirect talks got under way after Abbas sought, and received, Arab League backing for negotiations with Israel.
From Earth Times