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Abbas: Israeli-Palestinian Talks on Core Issues to Begin Monday


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet Monday to begin talks on issues that must be resolved for a peace treaty.

Speaking in Ramallah Sunday, Mr. Abbas said teams from the two sides would hold talks on issues including the status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees and the borders of the future Palestinian state.

Also Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticized the continued presence of unauthorized Israeli settler outposts in the West Bank.

Mr. Olmert told a group of political allies that it is a "disgrace" the settlements are still standing some four years after Israel pledged to dismantle them.

In other news Sunday, Palestinian medical sources said an Israeli missile struck a car in the Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinian militants and critically wounding a third individual.

Israel's army confirmed the strike.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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