Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators Meet in Jerusalem
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jerusalem Tuesday seeking to pave the way for another peace summit, Israeli radio announced.
Israel's acting foreign minister, Shlomo Ben Ami, led the Israeli team, while leading Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and Mohammed Dahlan, chief of security in the Gaza Strip were on the other side of the table at the talks at an undisclosed location, the radio report said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli President Yasser Arafat tried, unsuccessfully, to reach a comprehensive Middle East peace deal at Camp David.
The Camp David summit ended in failure on July 25th over differences concerning the key issue of Jerusalem.
The United States will not host a second Camp David peace summit until both Israel and the Palestinians are ready to make the tough decisions necessary for peace, the US State Department said Monday.
"Only when the parties are ready to make the tough decisions, can we bring them together," spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters at a news briefing.
Meanwhile, two Palestinians and two Israeli policemen were slightly injured Tuesday when scuffles broke out during a Palestinian youth rally to oppose Israel's 33-year occupation of east Jerusalem, police said.
Five Palestinians were also arrested during the rally of almost 200 young people organized by Shabiba, the youth wing of PLO's mainstream 'Fateh' faction - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP)
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