TOKYO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Japan plans to host a working-level meeting for Israeli and Palestinian leaders, to help build confidence between them, before the end of the year.
The planned meeting will be a prelude to a third meeting of the Conference for Confidence Building to be held in the summer of 2005. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sponsored the annual conferences since 2003.
High-ranking officials from Israel and Palestine will discuss measures such as strengthening education to boost mutual understanding, expanding economic exchanges and clamping down on radical terrorist organizations, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Friday.
At the second such conference, held in July, former Israeli Finance Minister Dan Meridor and former Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat were among the participants.
Participants at the three-day meeting concurred that a peace agreement, along with the current road map plan, should be possible. They failed to narrow differences on the security barrier that Israel is building inside the West Bank, however.