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Blair: Time for Mid-East negotiations

  • 23 September 2011
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Middle East Peace Quartet envoy Tony Blair has urged Israel and the Palestinians to meet within one month to agree an agenda for talks.

In my interview with Mr Blair, he admitted that gaps between the two sides' positions still exist, but that the "basic elements" were "pretty much clear and agreed".

The former British prime minister spoke as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas submitted his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state on Friday.