Abbas: Israel to be guilty of talks failure if freeze ends
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday that the Palestinians were going to the direct talks with Israel on the basis of the Quartet's declaration in Moscow last March, which calls for the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state and a halt to settlement construction.Abbas warned that the Israeli government alone would be held responsible for the failure of the talks if it continued to build in the settlements."Our position toward settlements and their illegal status hasn't changed," he said.Abbas's speech came as the PA prepared to launch a US-funded campaign to persuade the Palestinians to support the peace talks with Israel.
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