Abbas: Peace talks can't resume without settlement freeze

May 18, 2011 17:37


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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.

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