Abbas to push PA prisoner issue during Obama visit

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March 12, 2013 04:37

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to place the issue of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel at the top of his agenda during the planned meeting with US President Barack Obama, a PA official in Ramallah said Monday.

The official’s announcement came as families of Palestinian prisoners stepped up their protests in the West Bank, staging demonstrations and rallies calling on Abbas not to resume the peace talks unless Israel released their sons.

The official said that Abbas would ask Obama to put pressure on Israel to release scores of prisoners, especially those who were imprisoned before the signing of the Oslo Accords, in order to pave the way for the resumption of the peace talks.

“The issue of the prisoners will be the No. 1 issue during the talks with President Obama,” the official said.


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