Ehud Olmert, Israeli prime

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, are holding the first of what are to be regular fortnightly meetings agreed on last month.

They say a variety of issues are on the agenda, including security and humanitarian matters.

However, so far everyone Inside Story has spoken to has said the meetings are a waste of time.

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This episode of Inside Story aired on 15 April 2007

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