Kerry to meet Palestinian negotiators

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday in Washington to discuss the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and other issues, the State Department said.

Kerry was also expected to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Tuesday before meeting Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

The fresh talks - Kerry's first face-to-face meeting with the Palestinians since late July - comes as the Palestinians say they will put forward a resolution later this month to the United Nations to set a three-year deadline for the end of the Israeli occupation of their territories.

"I think they'll talk about a range of issues. There's obviously an ongoing ceasefire discussion and upcoming negotiations that will take place. There's a range of longer-term issues," Psaki said on Tuesday without going into detail.

More than 2 100 Palestinians were killed in Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip coastal territory, nearly 70% of them civilians, which ended after 50 days last week with an open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, brokered by Egypt.

The two sides are supposed to meet soon for negotiations on a long-term truce, but no date has been announced yet for the start of the talks.

Kerry last met Palestinian leaders in late July when he sought in vain to mediate a truce.

His bid to reach a comprehensive peace deal collapsed spectacularly in April amid bitter recriminations among both sides.

Mohammed Salajee 2014-09-03 05:46:12 AM
Talk & Talk's "BUT" no action
Nolenga Skosana 2014-09-03 06:29:17 AM
How long will yuo be talking? When will you Israel to move back from within Palestinians 1967 borders?
Nolenga Skosana 2014-09-03 06:32:43 AM
Talk is cheap. Israel must move to 1967 Palestians borders or you will fail like before
Mohammed Salajee 2014-09-03 06:49:21 AM
Why Islam Why don't u say Zionist Jews .dont see colour or creed.Aparteid mentality.Brainless educate urself.
Mohamed Ameerodien 2014-09-03 07:24:57 AM
All they do is talk. Chapters and chapters of crap. The situations simple. Hold the terrorist state of Israel accountable for mass murder as seen a month ago. Ensure the terrorist state of Israel lifts all closures and ensure basic human rights to the humble palestinian people
Mohammed Salajee 2014-09-03 08:08:50 AM
why burn the Quraa'n ?? Truth wil never vanish falsehood wil.Truth wil prevail even though it may stink.its memorized by billions.the untouched text in the original no altercation & no 1000 versions.
Darren Marcus 2014-09-03 09:25:49 AM
Don't negotiate with terrorists ! There word is as good as the ANC ! If the people of Palistine want peace simply recognize Israel's right to exist ! Hamas boko haram and Isis all cut from the same cloth
James Uknow 2014-09-03 11:00:57 AM
You speaking to wrong side ,speak to Israel ,only recently their deputy speaker called for concentration camps ,killing all hamas members and their supporters ,shipping the people in Gaza to other parts of the world ,they already have these camps for Africans in Israel
Moegamat Hendriks 2014-09-05 03:24:39 PM
@Martin, the revelation of the Quraan was meant for Muhammed (PBUH) as the Bible prophesized, GOD revieled that it would be. Where does the Bible come from,the Tora? most of it does,the Tora says that the unlettered prophet will receive the revelation and the angel Gabrial will say "Read" and he will say he cannot read, that is a truth that has not been removed from the bible yet. The Quraan was not collected over a Period of 300 years, the revelation took 23 years.