US envoy Mitchell returns to Middle East
US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has returned to the region, attempting to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, BBC reported.
Israeli media say the proximity talks will resume on Wednesday.
However, Palestinian leaders are said to require the backing of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), which will not meet until Saturday.
The Palestinian Authority has refused to attend the indirect proximity talks mediated by Mr Mitchell since March.
These were knocked off course by an announcement that Israel had approved plans for new homes in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo during a visit to Israel by US Vice-President Joe Biden. The move caused deep strain in Israeli-US relations.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since 2008.