Israel, Palestinians to Outline Treaty Compromises as Part of Peace Talks

Middle East envoy George Mitchell said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed today to seek a “framework” accord as part of their peace talks.

The accord would lay out the compromises needed to complete a comprehensive peace treaty in the one year that President Barack Obama has set as the target for an agreement, Mitchell said.

Mitchell, a former U.S. senator who helped to mediate peace efforts in Northern Ireland, described initial discussions between the sides in a briefing on the first day of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet again Sept. 14-15 in the Middle East with Mitchell and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in attendance.

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