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Mideast peacemakers fail to agree on way ahead

Mideast peacemakers fail to agree on way ahead

The United States and its partners in the international diplomatic "quartet" on the Middle East have failed to reach agreement on how to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
That deals a blow to efforts to avert a looming confrontation at the United Nations over recognizing Palestine as an independent nation.
A senior U.S. official says a Monday night meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was unable to produce a unified statement on how to proceed.
The official says that "much more work" needs to be done before the quartet can issue a call for the parties to re-launch negotiations.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private working dinner at the State Department.