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Netanyahu in Berlin for Merkel talks

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Before meeting with Merkel Netanyahu was handed the original blueprints of the Auschwitz death camp. He will pass on the 29 documents, which were found in a Berlin apartment last year, to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. More than one million Jews, Roma and others were killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz close to the Polish city of Krakow. Meanwhile, the thorny issue of Jewish settlements has dogged the leaders European visit. Before leaving for Berlin Netanyahu held talks in London with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US Middle East envoy George Mitchell. Netanyahu presented a proposal for resolving the ongoing Israeli-American dispute over construction in the occupied West Bank. Its claimed he offered a nine-month freeze on new building projects and that he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may well meet at the UN next month.