U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded Israel on Monday that the building of settlements on occupied territory was illegal, and said he was "disappointed" by the government's failure to extend its partial ban on further West Bank construction.
The expiry on Sunday of the Israeli construction restrictions has threatened to scuttle Mideast peace negotiations, just weeks after they were launched in early September with great fanfare at the White House.
Palestinians regard settlement building as a major obstacle to peacemaking and...
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JERUSALEM (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to hold further talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem on Wednesday in a bid to break the deadlock over Jewish settlements.
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Direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders kicked off again on September 2 with pledges of support from leaders on both sides -- as well as the United States -- for a peace process leading to a comprehensive settlement within one year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas also quickly agreed to meet again on September 14 and 15 in the Middle East and then roughly every two weeks thereafter, according to former Sen. George Mitchell,...
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Washington's Middle East envoy launched a new effort Thursday aimed at restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, just as President Barack Obama expressed pessimism about the prospects.
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The United States urged Israel and the Palestinians on January 8 to resume peace talks and focus immediately on borders and Jerusalem, suggesting this could break their deadlock over Jewish settlement building.
Speaking between meetings with the Jordanian and Egyptian foreign ministers, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a case for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to drop his demand for a total settlement freeze before resuming negotiations.
Talks were halted a year ago over the war in the Gaza Strip...
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U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell returned to Jerusalem Thursday, in advance of a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to try to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
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CAIRO (AFP) – US Middle East envoy George Mitchell was in Cairo on Sunday for talks with officials, calling on regional players to take steps for a resumption of peace talks.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) poses with US Middle East special envoy George Mitchell upon his arrival for a meeting in Jerusalem on September 16, 2009. President Barack Obama will hold a three-way meeting with Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday, the White House said..
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CAIRO, Sept 19, 2009 (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday that the failure by US envoy George Mitchell to a secure a deal on Jewish settlements means the resumption of peace talks with Israel is on hold.
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JERUSALEM, Sept 18, 2009 (AFP) - US Middle East envoy George Mitchell was shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders again on Friday, trying to wrest a deal on settlements ahead of the UN General Assembly next week.
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US Middle East envoy George Mitchell failed on Wednesday to wrest a compromise on settlements from Israel's prime minister, but the two men agreed to meet again on Friday for a third attempt in a week.
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U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell began talks on Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing resistance from the Israeli leader to a settlement freeze sought by Washington and the Palestinians.
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A police vehicle parks outside the Tal Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, where Israeli President Shimon Peres gets treatment, Sept.12, 2009.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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The US envoy to the Middle East has arrived in Israel where he hopes to finalise an initial meeting between Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
George Mitchell's visit coincides with meetings between Israel's prime minister and Egypt's leader on September 13. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making his second visit to Cairo since May.
The US hopes the Palestinians and Israelis can meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this month. The key stumbling block remains Israel's...
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