Palestine, Israel to resume talks on Thursday

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet on Thursday with a U.S. envoy assigned to follow up both sides' commitments to the Roadmap peace plan, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Sunday.

Palestine, Israel to resume talks on Thursday
When General William Fraser arrives in the region, a three-way meeting, comprising the U.S., Israel and the Palestine will be held to discuss what had been implemented out of the U.S.-backed peace plan, Erekat said.

The Roadmap plan calls on Israel to stop settlement expansions in the West Bank and military escalation and withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas briefly stopped the peace talks, which was revived at a U.S.-hosted conference in November, after over 120 Palestinians were killed in a deadly Israeli military operation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

But Abbas backed down under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who visited Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt last week. On Saturday, he urged the negotiations to continue.

In a bid to build atmosphere suitable for the peace talks, Egypt backed by the United States is making efforts to convince Hamas and the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) organizations to stop firing home-made rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Two delegations from Hamas and Islamic Jihad movement will arrive in the Egyptian capital of Cairo next week to resume talks.

Agencies

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