Jailed Fatah official Barghouti says talks doomed to fail

September 1, 2010 20:40


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Jailed Fatah official Marwan Barghouti said that the new round of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is doomed to fail and that the Palestinians should instead try and bring about the reconciliation of Fatah and Hamas, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

"The problem is not in the principle of negotiations, which we accept, but that without a popular foundation and action on the ground which supports negotiations, they will not reach any results," Barghouti said.

"The alternative is achieving national reconciliation and unity and in wider participation in popular resistance to the occupation," he said.

 Barghouti is serving five life terms in prison for his role in attacks that killed and wounded several Israelis during the second intifada.

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