George Mitchell, Saeb Erekat

U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, right, talks with Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian negotiator, after a meeting with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy failed Friday to lure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas back to peace talks with Israel, as Abbas stuck to his insistence that an Israeli settlement freeze come first. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

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