Palestinian Autonomy talks began again on Thursday night (25 October) in London. United States Envoy?
Palestinian Autonomy talks began again on Thursday night (25 October) in London. United States Envoy Robert Strauss called the meeting to revive the negotiations on the autonomy question. At the start of the talks, Mr. Strauss held separate informal meetings with both the Israeli and Egyptian negotiators. Israeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg, on his arrival in London, said that he did not think the six-month old negotiations were in such a hopeless state as Mr. Strauss appeared to believe. He said that he hoped to offer a few fresh ideas to Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil. Before leaving for London he spoke to reporters at the airport in Tel Aviv, about the affect on the talks of the Israeli Cabinet reshuffle and the Israeli Supreme Court's decision to order Jewish settlers to quit the Elon Moreh settlement on the occupied West Bank.
SYNOPSIS: United States Envoy Robert Strauss and Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil enjoyed a relaxed social exchange in London before getting on with the latest round of Palestinian Autonomy talks. Later, this most recent bid for progress towards a settlement began on an informal not when Mr. and Mrs. Strauss hosted a dinner attended by the Egyptian and Israeli chief negotiators and their wives. The talks will involve a series of bilateral meetings of the chief negotiators and combined sessions of all three men.