Israel, Palestinians To Present Proposals on Key Issues

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to submit proposals on territory and security to international mediators who are trying to re-start direct peace talks.

A spokesman for the Quartet of Mideast peace negotiators announced the agreement on Wednesday after the group held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Jerusalem.

The spokesman says the two sides have agreed to hold regular meetings with Quartet negotiators for the next 90 days.

The Quartet is comprised of the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia. The group has been trying to renew the direct talks that stalled more than a year ago after an Israeli moratorium on settlement construction expired.

Palestinians have said they will not resume face-to-face talks until Israel agrees to freeze construction on land Palestinians want as part of a future state. Palestinians also want Israel to agree to base the borders of a future state on boundaries that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in a 1967 war.

Israel has welcomed the Quartet's call for negotiations but has rejected the Palestinians' conditions.

In September, Palestinians went before the United Nations in a formal bid toward unilaterally seeking statehood — a move opposed by the U.S. and Israel.