Abbas: We could take 'difficult' measures if talks fail

January 3, 2012 17:32

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that Palestinians could take unilateral steps if Israel does not agree to halt settlement building and recognize the borders of a future Palestinian state.

Speaking ahead of talks in Jordan between Israeli and PA negotiators, Abbas said Palestinians were ready to take "difficult" measures, but did not specify what they were.

Negotiators from the two sides were due to meet in Amman later on Tuesday evening alongside Quartet and Jordanian envoys in an attempt to revive stalled peace talks, but neither side is raising hopes they can end more than a year of deadlock.

Abbas said that if Israel agreed to halt settlement building and recognize "the vision and borders of the two-state solution," Palestinians would agree immediately to negotiations.

"If they don't ... there are measures that we could take. But we will not declare them now because they have not been finalized. But we will take measures that could be difficult," Abbas told a group of judges in Ramallah.

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