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RAMALLAH, West Bank, (AP) – An aide to the Palestinian president says the Palestinians have accepted a French invitation to come to Paris as part of an effort to relaunch Mideast peace talks.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said this week he’s inviting Israeli and Palestinian leaders to Paris this month.

The talks collapsed in late 2008, reviving only briefly last September before breaking down over Israeli settlement construction.

Juppe’s invitation followed President Barack Obama’s statement that Israel’s pre-1967 borders should be a starting point for the talks, with mutually agreed land swaps.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Saturday the Palestinians were prepared to go to Paris and were waiting for Israeli and American responses.

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