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The Palestinian Authority will not return to peace negotiations unless Israel agrees to stop building in east Jerusalem as well as in West Bank settlements, Reuters quoted PA President Mahmoud Abbas as saying on Sunday. The comments followed Abbas's Cairo meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
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"Of course ... if there is no complete halt to settlements in all of the Palestinian territories including Jerusalem, we will not accept," said the PA president.
Abbas added that the US had not formally requested that the Palestinians return to the negotiating table for renewed peace talks with Israel.
and the Egyptians said over the weekend that they still haven’t received the
full details of a US proposal to provide Israel with a package of incentives in
return for freezing settlement construction in the West Bank for an additional
Abbas was quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat
as saying that there should be no linkage between freezing settlement
construction and supplying Israel with weapons. He also complained that the US
Administration still hasn’t come up with new ideas to revive the peace
The paper quoted a senior PA official as saying that US envoy
David Hale, who met with Abbas in Ramallah last week, informed the Palestinian
leadership that the US Administration and Israel have yet to agree on a formula
for freezing settlement construction.
“We understand from Hale that all
what has been published so far [about an agreement between Israel and the US] is
nothing but Israeli leaks,” the official said. “President Abbas made it clear
that the Palestinians can’t accept any agreement that excludes