RAMALLAH, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will hold their third round of talks next week in the West Bank city of Jericho, a Palestinian official said Thursday.
The decision to meet at a Jericho hotel was made during the second round of negotiations held in Jerusalem Wednesday, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian side presented "a stern protest" against Israel's recent bid to build new homes in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, part of the territories that the Palestinians want for a future state, according to the official.
"The settlements mean the destruction of the peace process and demonstrate that the Israeli government doesn't want to reach a peace deal," he said.
The negotiators did not reveal much about the discussions since the United States succeeded in brokering a resumption of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last month.
The official said Washington has asked both sides not to talk to the media about the process of talks and decisions made at the end of each round. But he said Wednesday's discussions in Jerusalem focused on the broad issues of border and security.
The Palestinians believe that an agreement on these two issues can pave the way for a settlement over other final-status issues, such as Jerusalem, settlements, water and prisoners.
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