Mideast talks get green light

2010-05-01 21:20

Cairo - Arab nations have given the Palestinians the green light to enter indirect peace talks with Israel for a preliminary four-month period.

Saturday's decision from Arab foreign ministers likely opens the way for the start of long-stalled US-brokered negotiations.

A first attempt to get indirect talks going collapsed last month when Israel announced a new Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as a future capital.

The Israeli decision drew fierce criticism from the United States and led to the worst rift in decades between Washington and its chief Mideast ally.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled this week that he would be willing to resume negotiations. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Friday the talks would start next week.