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Olmert, Abbas in secret talks

Israel’s prime minister and the Palestinian Authority president opened secret talks on a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, Arab media reported.

The London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday that in a meeting two weeks ago, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas agreed to start negotiating such issues as the future of Jerusalem, final borders and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. The report said the two leaders agreed to set up a secret channel for discussions.