US mediator Burns postpones trip seeking cease fire
United States Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who was supposed to arrive in Cairo on Monday for negotiations on a cease fire between Israel and Hamas, has postponed his trip indefinitely
Burns was supposed to arrive in Egypt on Monday to attend negotiations with hopes of ending the current violence in Gaza.
Representatives of Palestinian factions arrived in Cairo on Sunday and
started talks with Egyptian officials to reach common ground about an
Egytpian truce initiative proposed two weeks ago.
No Israeli official has arrived to participate in the negations, which
Tel Aviv have called pointless on the grounds that it will not negotiate
American and Egyptian officials mediating the negotiations for a
cease-fire in Gaza are pressing Israel to take part in diplomatic talks
to end hostilities in Gaza, sources said earlier on Monday, adding that
Egypt still hopes that Israel will eventually take part in the talks
currently held in Cairo.
Given that Egypt has now had the Qatar-Turkey-Kerry initiative foisted on them
, is anyone really surprised Israel isn't showing up?
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