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Officials Agree to Second Meeting on West Bank Security Transfer

The Israeli military says Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to meet for a second time Wednesday to resolve a standoff on handing over security of the West Bank town of Jericho.

Talks earlier Wednesday on transferring control of the towns of Jericho and Tulkarem broke down without an agreement.

Palestinian officials said the biggest obstacle is whether Israel will agree to remove the main checkpoint at the entrance of Jericho.

The Israeli pullback was agreed to at a Palestinian-Israeli summit last month in Egypt, but has been delayed because of a Palestinian suicide bombing 12 days ago in Tel Aviv that killed four people.

The transfer would be the first of several planned Israeli pullouts from five towns in the West Bank, including Qalqilya, Bethlehem and Ramallah.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.