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September 14, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Israelis have seen it before. A hawkish leader expected to be tough on the Palestinian issue instead embarks on a game-changing path to end the conflict. Menachem Begin did it. So did Yitzhak Rabin. Ariel Sharon split apart his right-wing Likud Party by withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. Now, with the second round of new peace talks set to open Tuesday, Israelis are wondering whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a tough-talking longtime critic of the peace process, is preparing to be the next to seek a deal with the Palestinians, or whether he is going through the motions to appease the U.S. so that he won't be blamed for the collapse of the Washington-brokered talks.
July 17, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.
May 23, 1986 | United Press International
Afghan and Pakistani foreign ministers suspended their latest round of peace talks for two months today to consult with their superiors on the last outstanding issue of a timetable for Soviet troop withdrawal.
January 16, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups not to drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene next week to begin the process of setting up a new government for their war-scarred country. With an umbrella group preparing to vote Friday on whether to attend, Kerry said at an impromptu news conference at the State Department that the Syrian government wouldn't be able to impose new leadership that is against the wishes of the opposition.
August 6, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The reclusive leader of Afghanistan's Taliban said Tuesday that his militant group was willing to begin peace negotiations, even as he urged stepped-up attacks on foreign troops to force them out of the country. In a lengthy and wide-ranging email message, Mullah Mohammad Omar called on Afghans to boycott elections scheduled for early 2014 and urged Afghan police, soldiers and paramilitary personnel to turn their guns on foreign troops -- as well as Afghan government troops cooperating with U.S.-led coalition forces.
November 15, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Under pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began nudging his Cabinet on Sunday toward accepting a multibillion-dollar package of U.S. incentives to restart peace talks with Palestinians. But Netanyahu immediately faced strong opposition from conservative politicians and Jewish settler groups, who vowed to block the American proposal because it would reimpose building restrictions in the West Bank for three months. U.S. officials hope to use the three-month window to focus talks on setting final borders for a proposed Palestinian state.
June 19, 1994 | Associated Press
Peace talks were called off Saturday and northern forces in Yemen's civil war threatened to storm the southern stronghold of Aden unless the south ended its month-old secession. The ultimatum was given as the Egyptian foreign minister reported that cease-fire talks would not take place today in Cairo as planned. Both sides had agreed Friday to attend the U.N.-arranged talks.
July 31, 1990
The second round of talks between the African National Congress and the South African government scheduled next Monday had been expected to resolve remaining obstacles to an ANC cease-fire and formal constitutional negotiations. But a possible hitch has emerged in government suspicions that the revitalized Communist Party, influential in the ANC's military wing, plans an armed insurrection if peace talks break down.
November 10, 1991
Our President talks about acting as the catalyst for Middle East negotiations. Catalysts often contain noble elements. To date, Bush and Baker actions have been ignoble, backing the totalitarian governments and stomping on our only friend and democracy in the region. Sad and ignoble. JOE RUDER, Rancho Palos Verdes
August 20, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Peter Nicholas and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington and Vineyard Haven, Mass. -- World leaders are planning to invite Israeli and Palestinian officials to Washington in September to begin direct Middle East peace talks, a U.S. official confirmed Thursday. An invitation from the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations is expected to be announced as soon as Friday, nearly two years after the last round of talks broke off. The world leaders are suggesting early September for the first session of negotiations.
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