Israelis, Palestinians to meet in Jordan

Israel Materials 3 January 2012 11:11 (UTC +04:00)

Israeli and Palestinian envoys were scheduled to meet in Amman late Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks in more than 15 months, dpa reported.

The meeting, hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah II with the Quartet of international mediators - the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia - is not an official negotiating session and held amid low expectations.

It is seen as a last-minute effort to revive stalled negotiations before a January 26 deadline, by which date both sides are due to submit their proposals on the key issues of borders and security, according to a September proposal by the Quartet.

Israel has repeated its insistence on direct negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians say they will only negotiate if Israel freezes settlement activity.

The Amman meeting was to be attended by chief negotiator Saeb Erekat for the Palestinians, and Israel's envoy to the negotiations Yitzhak Molcho