Kerry to Mideast at critical point in peace talks

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Ambassador to France’s residence in Paris, Sunday, March 30, 2014, after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Ambassador to France’s residence in Paris, Sunday, March 30, 2014, after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as peace talks hit a critical make-or-break point.

The State Department said Kerry will fly to Tel Aviv Monday for meetings that may be held in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

American mediators have been holding urgent talks with the two sides in hopes of salvaging the troubled negotiations and getting them to extend the talks beyond a current late-April deadline. With the parties unable to agree on the terms of a promised Israeli prisoner release, the negotiations risk collapse in the coming weeks.

Kerry was flying to Tel Aviv from Paris, where he met Sunday with Russia’s foreign minister about the Ukraine crisis.

Associated Press

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