Peace talks with Israel cannot resume without ending settlement
construction and determining a framework to guide negotiations,
Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday in a statement
published by the news agency WAFA, Al Ahram online reported.
Abbas had met with US Deputy of State James Steinberg and US Assistant
Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and briefed
them on the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement.
"Abbas said that the Israeli's government's refusal to stop settlement
building and to determine clear references for the peace process were
the reason that talks have stopped," the statement said.