BRUSSELS - The European Union said Sunday that it plans to invite Israeli and Palestinian representatives to meet "in the coming days" to discuss resuming peace negotiations.
The announcement by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was made after a meeting of the Middle East Quartet - the EU, the United States, Russia and the United Nations.
The Quartet discussed what to do next to encourage the two sides to resume "substantive" negotiations as soon as possible.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Israel halt all settlement building in the occupied West Bank before the Palestinians will restart talks. But Israel has made clear it is not prepared to do that.