George Mitchell, the U.S. Middle East envoy, has stated that Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations should take no longer than two years and could be finished sooner than that. According to Reuters, Mitchell conveyed in an interview he plans to return to the region in the next few days and hopes to make progress on political, security and economic tracks of the peace process.
"We think that the negotiation should last no more than two years, once begun we think it can be done within that period of time," Mitchell said. "We hope the parties agree. Personally I think it can be done in a shorter period of time."
According to him, an Israel-Syria track could operate in parallel with an Israeli-Palestinian track.