‘Mitchell won't present Israel, PA with guarantee letters'

US envoy George Mitchell will not bringletters of guarantee to the Israelis and the Palestinians during his upcomingvisit to the region, Israel Radio reported on Saturday, citing an<i>Asharq Al-Awsat</i> report.

Thepan-Arab newspaper quoted official French sources as saying that the would not be able to provide such guarantees,as most of the issues dividing the two sides – particularly the question of – have not yetbeen resolved. , thesources said, was not likely to endorse ’sguarantees on the matter.

PalestinianAuthority President Mahmoud Abbas requires such guarantees as a preconditionfor negotiations for peace.