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May 18, 2010

US Envoy Starts New Round of Indirect Mideast Peace Talks

U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem Thursday as he launches a new round of indirect peace talks.

Mitchell met Wednesday in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says the talks focused on the borders of a future Palestinian state.

The Palestinians want a state in areas Israel captured in the 1967 war, with East Jerusalem as a capital. They are demanding Israel stop building settlements in these areas.

Mr. Netanyahu has accepted the idea of a Palestinian state, but with conditions and without East Jerusalem.

Mitchell plans to shuttle back and forth between both sides for as long as four months to help narrow differences.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.