Former NATO commander asked to help track progress of Israel-Palestinian peace talks

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former NATO commander has been asked to act as a U.S. liaison between Israel and the Palestinians as they try to negotiate a final peace accord.

Diplomats and Palestinian officials say Retired Marine Corps General James Jones is the man, though it's not immediately clear whether he's accepted the offer. The diplomats and officials spoke on condition of anonymity because there has been no official announcement.

Yesterday at the international peace conference on the Mideast held in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. pledged to hold both sides to account if they do not carry out obligations.

The recently revived U.S.-backed "road map" to peace foundered after it was presented four years ago. The Palestinians did not rein in militant groups, while Israel did not freeze construction in West Bank settlements, as it had pledged to do.

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