Haaretz - Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Monday for second round of direct talks
- Haaretz - Fri, January 06, 2012
• Published 22:32 05.01.12
• Latest update 22:32 05.01.12
Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Monday for second round of
State Department spokeswoman says next round to be held in Amman and
expected to follow the format of Tuesday's meeting, which was attended
by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israel's Yitzhak Molcho.
By Natasha Mozgovaya and Reuters
Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators will hold their second round
of face-to-face talks within a week on Monday in Amman, a U.S. State
Department spokeswoman said on Thursday.
"We've called on both sides not to set preconditions, not to negotiate
in public," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on
Thursday. "We are encouraged that they are both coming to the table,
that they're talking directly. We think that's the best path forward."
The two sides held their first high-level talks in more than a year in
Amman on Tuesday, a gathering sponsored by the Quartet of Middle East
peace mediators - the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the
The Quartet on Sept. 23 called for the two sides to resume talks with
the aim of reaching a peace deal by the end of 2012.
Tuesday's talks did not produce any breakthroughs. They were aimed at
agreeing to terms under which the two sides' leaders - Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -
could resume talks.
Nuland said the next round was to be held in Amman and was expected to
follow the format of Tuesday's meeting, which was attended by
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israel's Yitzhak Molcho. "Nobody
said that this was going to be easy. This is hard work," she said.
The major issues dividing the two sides include the borders of a
Palestinian state, the fate of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the
status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.