Abbas-Olmert to meet on Tuesday: officials

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet on Tuesday for the next round of talks, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.

Abbas-Olmert to meet on Tuesday: officials
"Prime Minister Olmert and president Abbas will meet once more in Jerusalem on Tuesday," senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the talks would be on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The official added that in parallel meetings between Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and top Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qorei the two sides have "made progress and are discussing core issues."

Last month negotiators began discussing the thorniest issues of the decades-old Middle East conflict — the fate of Jerusalem, West Bank settlements, final borders, and the issue of Palestinian refugees.

But last week Abbas bemoaned the lack of progress in the peace talks, which were formally relaunched at a US conference in November after a near seven-year hiatus.

And close Olmert ally Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon also said Israel was not aiming for a full peace treaty by the year's end but a "declaration of principles."

During a visit to the region in January US President George W. Bush said he hoped for a signed peace treaty by the end of the year.

But last week Ramon said "nobody is expecting a detailed agreement on the first of January," adding that the process could last another two or three years.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Şubat 2008, 18:08