Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Monday ahead of Bush visit

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to meet Monday ahead of the arrival of US President George Bush, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. Palestinian officials said Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, lead Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei and their full negotiating teams will try to decide the makeup of the subcommittees that will negotiate key issues in dispute, such as sovereignty over contested Jerusalem, a solution for Palestinian refugees who lost their homes in the war that followed Israel's 1948 establishment, and final borders. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details of the meeting. Israel and the Palestinians have relaunched peace talks after seven years of violence, and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have said they hope to reach an agreement by the end of 2008.