IOC: Israelis, Palestinians to meet in West Bank



DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The IOC says Israeli Olympic officials will travel to the West Bank for talks with their Palestinian counterparts on improving cooperation.

Pere Miro, the IOC’s director of national Olympic committee relations, says an Israeli delegation has agreed to go to the meeting in Ramallah in an “extraordinary precedent.”

The two sides have met twice this year in Lausanne, Switzerland in talks brokered by the International Olympic Committee.

Palestinian Olympic officials are seeking free movement for athletes and coaches.

Also Friday, the IOC said athletes from the former Netherlands Antilles can compete in the 2012 London Olympics as “independent athletes” under the Olympic flag.

The IOC also says it expects to lift the suspension of Ghana’s Olympic committee.