Palestinian sources said that talks between US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were "difficult," according to London-based newspaper al-Hayat.
The sources said that during the talks held in Ramallah and Cairo over the last two days Abbas spoke "harshly" telling Mitchell, "Unfortunately the talks failed, but fortunately were are not the reason behind this failure."
The sources added that Abbas condemned the fact that the US government did not indicate that the failure of the talks was due to Israel's insistence to continue settlement construction.
Abbas told Mitchell, according to the sources, that: "You do not need to adopt the Palestinian position, but we want the negotiations to take place under a fixed framework. There has to be a clear American position that stands behind the establishment of a Palestinian state on June 1967 borders with agreed-upon territorial exchanges, and that other issues will be resolved in accordance with international law."