Palestinian Prime Minister says Peace Negotiations Must Be Stepped Up.

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Jerusalem (AP) The Palestinian prime minister says the slow pace of peace talks with Israel could prevent a settlement by year's end and that there has been little progress so far.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (sah-lahm' fy-yahd') delivered the prognosis ahead of a meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He says not enough has happened over the past three months and the pace of talks needs to accelerate.

Three months ago, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas officially resumed peace talks at a U.S.-hosted conference and set a December 2008 target for wrapping up a peace agreement.

Olmert and Abbas have been meeting frequently since the conference.
At a separate gathering, Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, the lead Israeli peace negotiator, said Israel doesn't have the luxury of time and that anyone who thinks a halt to the talks will stop terror is out of touch with reality.