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Palestinians: low-level talks with Israel are over
Palestinian leader says low-level talks with Israel have ended, but doesn't rule out extension
By The Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ' The Palestinian president says exploratory talks with Israel on resuming full-fledged peace negotiations have run their course.

Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he'll consult with the Arab League next week on whether to extend them. He spoke in Jordan after meeting King Abdullah II.

The Palestinians face mounting international pressure not to walk away. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is talking to Abbas and Israel's prime minister about this in the next two days.



Through Jordanian mediation, the sides began a low-level dialogue this month, hoping it would evolve into negotiations. The Palestinians believe a deadline set by international mediators for submitting border proposals expires Thursday. Israel says meetings should continue.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ' Visiting EU foreign policy chief has urged Israelis and Palestinians to continue their efforts to resume peace negotiations, even as the Palestinians say the dialogue has run its course.

Catherine Ashton says that "we need to keep talks going and increase the potential of these talks to become genuine negotiations." She is to meet with leaders from both sides on Wednesday.

Through Jordanian mediation, the sides began a low-level dialogue this month hoping to pave the way for full-fledged peace talks.

The Palestinians believe a deadline set by international mediators for submitting border proposals expires Thursday. Israel says meetings should continue.


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