Israel-Palestinian mediators to miss 1st deadline

By the Associated Press | October 20, 2011 | 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says international mediators will meet with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators next week in an effort to re-launch stalled peace talks.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday the "quartet" of mediators would convene separately with the two sides in Jerusalem on Oct. 26. The Quartet includes the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

The date would just miss the initial deadline set out last month and would not include direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

The quartet set a 30-day deadline for preliminary talks on Sept. 23, just hours after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. The quartet also called for a peace deal by the end of 2012.