Israelis, Palestinians meet again in Jerusalem
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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met Aug. 20 in Jerusalem for an unscheduled second round of peace talks.
The French news agency AFP, citing an unnamed Palestinian official, said Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat met twice on the same day at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.
The official added that the reason for the additional meeting on Aug. 20 was Erekat’s impending trip to Russia, where he was scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Aug. 22 and update him on the negotiations’ progress.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Livni said Israel would have to make some “dramatic decisions” to reach a final peace agreement to end the conflict with the Palestinians. She also criticized the lack of support from hard-line elements in the coalition.
The first round of talks was held last week in Jerusalem. The talks have been held under a near-complete media blackout at the request of Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited the region a half-dozen times to bring the two sides to the negotiating table.
Prior to the first round, the negotiators met in July in Washington with Kerry and President Barack Obama. — j. wire services
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