Palestinians blame Israel for exploratory talks' failure

January 31, 2012 09:53

Palestinian leaders blamed Israel for the failure of exploratory talks aimed at resuming peace negotiations Monday night, and said they planned to explore other ways of bringing about a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The talks ended in Jordan on Jan. 25 without achieving any progress and Palestinian officials said PA President Mahmoud Abbas planned to consult fellow Arabs on his next move.

"In light of the results of the Amman meetings, the Palestinian leadership holds Israel fully responsible for their failure," the top Palestinian decision-making body, the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), said in a statement on Monday.

"These meetings exposed Israel's determination to pursue settlement activity and its rejections of the two-state solution based on the 1967 boundaries," it added in the statement, issued after a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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