August 10th, 2010
06:55 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S. urges 'Mideast Quartet' to help jump-start peace talks

Washington (CNN) - The United States is urging diplomacy by the Mideast Quartet to help push a speedy resumption of direct peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.

"We are consulting with the Quartet and looking to see how we can encourage the parties to begin direct negotiations," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

His comments come as Special U.S. Envoy George Mitchell held what Crowley called a "serious and positive" meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Abbas to launch direct talks. Mitchell is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

The parties are taking part in "proximity talks," in which Mitchell has been shuttling between the sides with little substantial progress.

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  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good idea. Both parties don't seem serious with one on one talks.

    August 10, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow NOT A DEMOCRAT ANYMORE AND ASHMED I EVER WAS.

    How long has this been going on. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE YOU BUMB BUTTS IN WASHINGTON TO UNDERSTAND AS LONG AS THERE ARE MUSLIMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST JUST LIKE GERMANY IN WWII WITH THE JEWS. THEY WILL NOT BE HAPPY UNTIL ISRAEL DOES NOT EXIST. THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE THERE. YOU'RE WASTING OUR MONEY IN TRYING TO FORCE IT. HELP ISRAEL TO DESTROY IT'S ENEMIES.

    August 10, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |