Israelis and Palestinians meet for fresh round of talks
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Israelis and Palestinians meet for fresh round of talks

No agreement yet on final status issues, and no official statements on what each side is offering

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, left, and Palestinian top negotiator Saeb Erekat, speaking in Washington, July 30, 2013 (photo credit: US State Department))
US Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, left, and Palestinian top negotiator Saeb Erekat, speaking in Washington, July 30, 2013 (photo credit: US State Department))

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met Tuesday in the latest round of talks to hammer out a peace agreement.

An unnamed Palestinian official said Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat attended the meeting, the Ma’an news agency reported. The official added that both sides presented their view on final status issues but noted that no agreement has yet been reached. It was the fifth meeting between the two sides since negotiations resumed in July.

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the report or confirm if the meeting indeed took place.

On Sunday Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told Fatah officials that the Palestinians were maintaining their demand that East Jerusalem be the capital of a future Palestinian state, a condition he called a “red line.”

In their negotiations over the past month or so, Israel has presented its overall position on the core issues and the Palestinians are preparing a response, an Israel Radio report quoted Abbas as saying. The talks have reached a “review of positions,” he said, without elaboration.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been tight-lipped about the talks, refusing even to disclose when and where they are held.

On Sunday US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki revealed that US Special Envoy to the peace talks Martin Indyk was present at one of the negotiation meetings.

“The negotiations have been serious, and US Special Envoy Martin Indyk and his team have been fully briefed on the bilateral talks and also participated in a bilateral negotiating session,” Psaki added. “As we have said in the past, we are not planning to read out the details of these meetings.”

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