GAZA, Oct 2 (Saba) -- US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell plans another tour for several Middle East countries early next week in a renewed effort to push forward the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli media reported Saturday, according to Kuwait news Agency (KUNA).
The coming days will be crucial for the peace talks, Israel Radio said, citing informed sources.
In Doha, capital of Qatar, Mitchell is scheduled to hold talks with Qatari leaders before flying to Cairo and then to Amman in a bid to lobby Arab support to his efforts.
Mitchell has last night wrapped up a four-day shuttle tour between Ramallah and Jerusalem aimed to revive the direct peace talks which hit a snag when the Israeli government resumed the settlement expansion on September 26 after 10-month freeze.
He did not admit failure of his mission to curb the Jewish settlement construction with a view giving momentum to the direct peace talks which were resumed in Washington a month ago.
Meanwhile, Israel's Haaretz daily reported that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has had a heated conversation with US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
Lieberman reaffirmed the controversial views he stated in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "could take a few decades" while the US diplomat voiced unequivocal resentment.
He suggested a two-staged solution and a final status agreement that could be based not on the land-for-peace principle but on the exchange of populated territory.
Later on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from Lieberman's views, saying they did not express the official position of Israel.
On her part, opposition leader Tzipi Livni urged Netanyahu to "make decisions to save the talks." "Netanyahu must choose the real long-term interests of Israel rather than his own personal political interests," Jerusalem Post daily quoted Saturday the leader of Kadima party as saying.
He has to make the proper decisions that will facilitate the continuing of peace talks with the Palestinians, Livni urged. "Netanyahu knows the possibility of making decisions that will ensure continued negotiations is in his hands and that Kadima will support any decision that facilitates the talks and strengthens Israel's security interests," she added.
Her comments came in an official statement released in the wake of Netanyahu's assertion that construction in settlements would continue despite Palestinian threats to leave the negotiations if building continues.
Livni, the former foreign minister, warned against the grave consequences of the possible failure of the peace talks, adding that her party would fight against any decisions that could hamper the talks.
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