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US, Quartet peace envoys to meet in Brussels (AP) Associated Press) By BRADLEY KLAPPER WASHINGTON 03/20/12 3:06 pm ET)Source: http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120320/ap_on_re_us/us_us_mideast;_ylt=Aj5BO10dvITXWOyswdgRQd4LewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTJrcHR2ODQ4BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTIwMzIwL3VzX3VzX21pZGVhc3QEcG9zAzI2BHNlYwN5bl9wYWdpbmF0ZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA3VzcXVhcnRldHBlYQ-- AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
WASHINGTON – U.S. and other Mideast peace envoys are meeting Wednesday in Brussels in a bid to boost Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says U.S., European Union, U.N. and Russian envoys will discuss Palestinian state- building efforts. She didn´t say if the so-called Quartet would seek to advance Israeli-Palestinian proposals on borders and security in a final peace agreement.

The sides are supposed to reach a treaty by year-end but talks are foundering. Palestinians want Israeli settlement construction stopped in lands they seek for their state. Israel opposes a role for Hamas in Palestinian governance.

Nuland said mediators would lay the groundwork for a meeting in Washington of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.N. secretary-general and the top EU and Russian diplomats next month. (© 2012 The Associated Press 03/20/12)

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