Mideast negotiators to meet for 1st time in months

Mideast negotiators to meet for 1st time in months Amman: Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet for the first time in more than a year in Jordan Tuesday to discuss stalled peace talks, the Jordanian foreign ministry said.

"Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Tuesday will host a meeting including the Quartet as well as Israeli and Palestinian officials," ministry spokesman Mohammad Kayed said yesterday.

"The minister will also host a separate meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials."

Kayed said the meeting would be "a serious effort to find a common ground to resume direct talks" between the Palestinians and Israel, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Jordan.

In Ramallah, a source close to the talks said that Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and his Israeli counterpart Yitzhak Molcho would meet in Jordan under the auspices of the so-called Quartet of major diplomatic players.

"The international Quartet has decided to hold a meeting bringing together its representatives and the Jordanian foreign minister, along with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho," said the source speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The meeting will discuss the visions of the Palestinian and Israeli sides for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that have been on hold since September 2010," the source added.

Israel confirmed that Molcho would go to the Amman meeting, although it made no direct reference to meeting the Palestinians.