'PA sets conditions for resuming peace talks'

Jordanian FM to deliver message including roundup of peace process following US review, Al Arabiya reports.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 3, 2012 12:56
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The Palestinian Authority has prepared a message to be delivered by Jordan that sets a number of conditions for resuming peace talks, pan-Arab Al Arabiya news channel reported Saturday.

According to the report, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Jouda will deliver the message to Israel, following a review process by the United States.

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The message includes a roundup of the Middle East peace process along the past two decades, the report said.

According to the message, the conditions set by the Palestinians include an acceptance by the "Israeli government to the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with the possibility of a limited exchange of equal pieces of land and a full halt to the building of settlements including in East Jerusalem.”

The news channel also reported that the conditions will include “the release of prisoners, especially those who have been detained before 1994, and canceling all the decisions taken by the Israeli governments since 2000.”

The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the veracity of the report.

The Israeli-Palestinian talks held in Jordan in January ended with little progress, diplomatic sources said at the time.

Israel was optimistic in January that progress could be made in the low-level Jordanian sponsored talks, and began preparing a package of economic steps to be given to the Palestinian Authority to keep it at the table, a source said. That all ended, the source noted, when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity agreement with Hamas head Khaled Mashaal in Doha.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report


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