Mideast quartet to meet in Brussels
The Middle East peace quartet will meet Sunday in Brussels to discuss bringing the Palestinians and Israelis back to negotiations, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
The quartet of mediators - the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia - presented a plan for renewing the peace talks last month, after the Palestinians submitted a bid for UN membership, dpa reported.
US Middle East envoy David Hale would first meet with officials in Berlin, Paris and London before the talks in Brussels.
Travelling this week in the Middle East, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has been meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to urge them to return to negotiations.
The proposal by the quartet sets the end of 2012 as a deadline for talks. It calls for relaunching stalled negotiations within a month, and on both sides to make "significant progress" on the two issues of borders and security first, before addressing other highly sensitive issues, such as Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.