Abbas outlines terms for direct talks

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July 17, 2010 14:42
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

mahmoud abbas 311. (photo credit: AP)

RAMALLAH — The Palestinian president said Saturday that he will go to direct peace talks if Israel accepts its 1967 frontier as a baseline for the borders of a Palestinian state.

Mahmoud Abbas also told a Jordanian newspaper that Israel must accept the deployment of an international force in that state.

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The comments published Saturday suggested that Abbas has eased his demands for renewing negotiations.

He did not mention an Israeli settlement freeze. In the past, Abbas portrayed a freeze as crucial.

Abbas is under US pressure to resume peace talks. On Saturday, he met with US President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy.

Israel has refused to give the Palestinians any assurances concerning the talks.

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