Mideast mediators to meet this weekend in Brussels

AP News
Posted: Oct 04, 2011 2:15 PM
Mideast mediators to meet this weekend in Brussels

The State Department says the Mideast mediators from the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia will meet this weekend in Brussels in their latest bid to try to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks.

Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that the Obama administration's special Mideast peace envoy, David Hale, will attend Sunday's meeting of the international diplomatic "Quartet" on the Middle East. Hale travels first to London, Paris and Berlin to meet European colleagues, she said.

The Quartet has proposed a resumption in negotiations that stalled a year ago with the goal of having an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement by the end of 2012. Israel has accepted the proposal with unspecified reservations while the Palestinians have said they won't return to talks until Israel freezes settlement activity.