Abbas: Peace talks failed due to 'Israeli intransigence'

January 28, 2012 17:48


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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that "Israeli intransigence" was behind the failure of the recent Israeli-Palestinian talks in Jordan.

Abbas said that Israel refused during the talks to present a "clear vision" regarding the issues of borders and security as demanded by the Quartet members - the US, EU, UN and Russia.

Abbas told visiting Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore that the Palestinians remained committed to a "real and serious peace process that would end Israeli occupation" and lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on all the territories captured in 1967, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The Palestinian leadership will consult with Arab countries before deciding whether to pursue talks with Israel, said Nimer Hammad, political adviser to Abbas.

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