Qurei considers quitting, paper says

Al-Quds al-Arabi: Palestinian negotiator says Israel not serious; wants detailed agreement for parley.

October 16, 2007 10:37
Qurei considers quitting, paper says

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Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei (also known as Abu Ala) is considering quitting due to a lack of seriousness on the Israeli side regarding peace negotiations, Israel Radio quoted the London daily Al-Quds al-Arabi as reporting on Tuesday. According to one of Qurei's associates, if Israel insists on presenting only a general statement at the upcoming Middle East conference in Annapolis and pushing off discussions of a final-status agreement, Qurei will resign. Qurei, who heads the Palestinian negotiation team that has been working with Israel, said on Saturday that the document to be presented at the November conference "should be a detailed, clear-cut document on final status issues." Meanwhile, former Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad said he did not rule out the possibility of negotiations between the group and Israel in the future. In an interview with the London newspaper, Hamad said he would sit at the negotiating table with Israel only if he believed he could achieve a diplomatic agreement. At this time, Hamas's position on talks with Israel has not changed, Hamad said, but he noted that there was nothing preventing talks with the enemy in principle, and that his organization did not oppose a diplomatic solution to the Palestinian issue.

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