Israel seeking formula for Palestinian talks

By the Associated Press | July 29, 2011 | 6:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's defense minister says his government is trying to find "a formula" that will enable Mideast peace mediators to agree on a way to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Ehud Barak told reporters after meeting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday: "I cannot promise you that it will happen, but we are still trying to do our best to enable it."

Diplomats from the so-called "Quartet" — the U.S., U.N., European Union and Russia — failed earlier this month to find a basis for moving the peace process forward.

"We are still trying to find a formula that will enable understanding between the members of the Quartet in a way that will enable resumption of negotiations," Barak said.