JERUSALEM (AP) — International mediators will sit down with Palestinian and Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Wednesday in the hope of finding a formula to restart the deadlocked peace talks.
But in a telling commentary on the beleaguered state of peacemaking, they will be huddling separately with officials from each side and will not be meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
The mission by the Quartet of Mideast peace negotiators comes after the Palestinians asked the United Nations last month to recognize an independent state of Palestine. The request defied a U.S.-led effort to block the move, which is currently under review at the U.N. Security Council.
Immediately after the statehood application was submitted, the Quartet — representing the U.S., European Union, Russia and U.N. — called for a resumption of peace talks in a month, with the ambitious goal of reaching a peace agreement by late 2012....READ MORE