Abbas says PA must re-examine agreements with Israel

PA head says Israel must "stop violating our agreements and fully commit to them."

June 11, 2015 09:13
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday called for the re-examination of political, economic and security arrangements with Israel, Palestinians news agency Ma'an reported.

At a press conference with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolicat in Belgrade, the PA chief said Israel must "stop violating our agreements and fully commit to them." He stressed his commitment to peace based on the Arab peace initiative,  and "on justice and international legitimacy."

He also voiced his objection to temporary resolutions or borders under any future peace accord, and urged the Jewish state to release security prisoners jailed in Israel and stop building in settlements.

The PA head's latest statements align with his preconditions set out last month to restarting peace talks with Israel. There, he also called for the halt of all settlement construction in the West Bank and for the immediate release of Palestinians that were imprisoned before the Oslo Accords who were supposed to be released in 2014.

He also demanded that talks be held for a minimum of a year, during which the two sides will agree on a specific timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank that is to be completed by 2017.

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