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The PLO said on Wednesday that they cannot be expected to continue
peace talks unless Israel reverses the decision to lift restrictions on
Hanna Amireh, a member of the PLO body, said there was widespread opposition to resuming talks without a settlement curb.
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"The consensus is that since the entire world is in favor of a
Palestinian state and against settlements, then let us throw this
problem in the face of the world and see what they can do about it,"
Also on Wednesday EU Foreign
Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said that the recently expired settlement construction moratorium must be extended
if the peace talks are to have any hope of succeeding
Ashton made the comments after a Washington meeting
with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Earlier on Wednesday,
Ashton announced an imminent trip to Israel, where she is expected to
land on Thursday. Ashton said she was heading to the region "as a matter
of priority" after talking to Mitchell and international Mideast envoy
She reiterated in a statement that the European
Union regrets Israel's decision not to extend a 10-month-old moratorium
on West Bank housing starts that expired this week.
Thursday, the EU foreign policy chief will meet with Netanyahu, Abbas
and Mitchell over two days to try to prevent the collapse of
negotiations. She reiterated in a statement that the European Union
regrets Israel's decision not to extend a 10-month-old moratorium on
West Bank housing starts that expired this week.