Abbas: Letter exchange with Netanyahu at a 'dead end'

May 24, 2012 17:20

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that his exchange of letters with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had "arrived at a dead end," in an interview with Lebanese daily Al Nahar published on Thursday.

Abbas sent Netanyahu a letter last month expressing his demands that Israel freeze settlement construction and recognize the pre-1967 lines as the basis for a two-state solution. Netanyahu's response was delivered to Abbas earlier this month. He is believed to have reiterated a willingness to begin direct negotiations immediately, with no preconditions.

"I hope the United States provides ideas that will help us return to negotiations on our terms," Abbas told Al Nahar, adding that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN General Assembly otherwise.

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