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U.S. Seeks to Revive Sagging Mideast Peace Talks

Friday, 30 October 2009 10:20 AM

U.S. special envoy George Mitchell has begun yet another trip to Jerusalem in an effort to get Israelis and Palestinians to re-launch peace negotiations. The U.S. envoy arrived in the region as tensions continued to flare.

Mitchell came to Jerusalem in advance of a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The days preceding the U.S. officials' arrival have seen clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem. Both Israelis and Palestinians showed little sign Thursday of being ready to compromise enough to return to the negotiations table.

Palestinians say they will not reopen talks until Israel freezes construction on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel says it w ants negotiations without preconditions and is offering only a partial halt to construction.

Israel's vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Israeli radio the atmosphere is - in his words - not good.

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