|Israel delays scheduled release of Palestinian prisoners, freezing peace talks|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
JERUSALEM_A delay in the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel is the latest disruption to the U.S.-brokered peace talks.
When the negotiations resumed in July, Israel agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinians in four stages throughout the talks. In exchange, the Palestinians agreed to refrain from seeking U.N. actions backing their position for the duration of the negotiations.
Three groups of prisoners have been freed but Israel has yet to convene the relevant government committee to approve the final group slated for release at the end of March.
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