US: Indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks to begin

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the Mideast peace process will get back on track next week, with indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks. But she urged the resumption of direct negotiations on a peace deal.
Clinton said that the Obama administration's special Mideast envoy George Mitchell, who will mediate the talks, will travel to the region next week. His visit will follow a weekend meeting of Arab League diplomats.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat hinted that the beginning of the talks was not yet a done deal.
"We are making every possible effort to begin these talks. Every effort is being made to do this. But the official decision will be made by the Arab foreign ministers and the PLO executive committee," he said. He would not elaborate further.