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Middle East talks stay deadlocked

The first meetings between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators for more than a year have ended without any significant breakthroughs.

Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, who hosted the meeting in the capital Amman, said the talks were held in a positive atmosphere.

He said there were no breakthroughs on matters of "substance," but "the important thing is the two sides have met face to face".

Peace talks broke down in September 2010. The Palestinians say they will not resume talks while Israel continues to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Israel insists on talks without preconditions.


From Belfast Telegraph