Abbas aide: PA will renew talks if 1 of 2 conditions met

September 14, 2011 13:23

The Palestinian Authority will agree to return to peace negotiations with Israel if only one of  two criteria they had previously set as pre-conditions for talks are reached: an immediate halt to all settlement construction or an Israeli declaration that the borders of the Palestinian state will be based on the pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed upon land swaps, a senior aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas told Army Radio on Wednesday.

"We believe that both the conditions need to exist together, because they are connected to one another," Nimmer Hammad stated. "However, President [Shimon] Peres tried to get Netanyahu to agree to only one condition and he refused," he added.

Hammad called on Peres to inform the Israeli public that Netanyahu, and not Abbas, is responsible for the impasse in the peace process.

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