Peace Talks Continue Behind Closed Doors

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israelis and Palestinians held a third round of negotiations on Tuesday evening after a second one earlier in the day at an undisclosed location.

“We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room,” Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni said, adhering to the ban on discussions of the details of negotiations.

An Israeli statement said that “both sides parted agreeing the meeting has been serious, and that they will continue the talks at a near date.”

Livni and Yitzhak Molcho, a senior aide to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, represented Israel in the deliberations with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

In a related development “outside the room,” senior Fatah official Hanan Ashrawi threatened that if Israel does not halt construction over the Green Line, the Palestinians may seek redress elsewhere.