Israel, Palestinian negotiators to meet Tuesday in Jordan

Israel, Palestinian negotiators to meet Tuesday in Jordan

Israeli and Palestinian envoys are scheduled to hold talks in Amman on Tuesday, as part of efforts by international mediators to revive long stalled peace talks, dpa reported.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's personal envoy to the negotiations with the Palestinians, Yitzhak Molcho, are to attend the meeting, hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah II.

It is to be the first direct, official Israeli-Palestinian parley since negotiations broke off in September 2010, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said. Those talks broke up over Palestinian objections to Israel's failure to extend a moratorium on settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

But the PLO official said it was not a negotiating session.

"We are just trying to create the right environment for talks, and that includes a full settlement freeze," he told dpa.

The Jordanian government said representative from the Middle East Quartet - the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations - would also attend.

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Kayed called for both Israeli and Palestinian officials to make "serious utilization" of the meeting and refrain from "any unilateral and provocative measures that could derail this initiative and, consequently, take then entire region to dangerous developments," according to the official Petra news agency.

Kayed said that the Jordanian initiative was worked out through visits by the Jordanian king to Ramallah, London and Berlin as well as by the monarch's talks in Amman last year with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

"The Jordanian good offices have been based on the conviction that the two-state solution that leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state represents a supreme Jordanian interest," Kayed said.

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