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Stop settlement and accept terms of reference to resume talks: PA to Israel

Tuesday September 20, 2011 07:33:20 PM, Agencies

New York: Palestinian leaders have responded to Israeli calls for resumption of direct negotiations, saying Israel must accept certain terms before talks can restart.

"[Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu has to accept all terms of reference and stop settlement activity including [in] east Jerusalem, to enter negotiations immediately with [a] timeframe not to exceed six months [and] with international guarantees to make any negotiations serious and credible," Al Jazeera TV quoted Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian foreign minister.

Al-Maliki is currently in New York as part of the PLO delegation to attend the UN General Assembly.

His statement came in response to Netanyahu's call for a meeting in New York this week with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to relaunch "direct negotiations".

However, Abbas has always maintained the position that negotiations should resume after the UN bid and that the two are not exclusive.

The Israeli prime minister's call for negotiations came as Abbas prepared to submit a request for Palestinian statehood in the world body in a move staunchly opposed by Israel and the US.

"The prime minister is interested in a meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority in New York," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

"I call on the president of the Palestinian Authority to open up direct negotiations in New York and that they resume in Jerusalem and in Ramallah," it added.

Israel and the US insist that only direct negotiations can resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Netanyahu, who flies to New York on Tuesday, is due to hold talks a day later with Barack Obama, the US president, and will address the General Assembly on Friday, the day Abbas has said he will submit his request for Palestinian membership in the world body.

The US has already announced it will use its veto to block the Palestinian bid in the Security Council.


 




 

 

 

 

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