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Israel accepts Quartet proposal for resuming peace talks

Israel Materials 2 October 2011 16:33
Israel has accepted an international proposal for resuming peace talks with the Palestinians, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Sunday
Israel accepts Quartet proposal for resuming peace talks

Israel has accepted an international proposal for resuming peace talks with the Palestinians, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Sunday, DPA reported.

The proposal by the quartet of Middle East mediators - the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia - 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.

The Palestine Liberation Organization reiterated Thursday it would only negotiate with the Netanyahu government if it stopped settlement activity and accepted the pre-1967 borders as the basis for talks.

Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War.

The Quartet proposal calls for negotiations without preconditions.

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