US, EU call on Israelis, Palestinians to resume negotiations
The United States and European Union called on Israelis and Palestinians to resume negotiations ahead of a meeting of a group of international mediators Monday, DPA reported.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the State Department prior to a meeting of the so-called Middle East Quartet.
"We meet tonight against a backdrop of wanting to try and see progress between the Palestinians and the Israelis in terms of talks," Ashton said.
The Quartet consists of the EU, Russia, US and United Nations. The special representative for the Quartet, former British prime minister Tony Blair, was also to attend.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that began in September lasted for only a few weeks. The Palestinians withdrew after Israeli moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank ended.