The Palestinian Authority will not restart direct peace negotiations with Israel unless Jerusalem recognizes the borders of a Palestinian state, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday according to the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).
"If the borders are set it's possible to return to negotiations, but the Israelis do not want established borders" Abbas said following a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II. Abbas's made the comments hours before Israeli and Palestinian delegations were to meet in Jordan for the fifth such low-level negotiation this month.
Abbas thanked Jordan for bringing Israelis and Palestinians together for the low-level talks, but failed to say whether they set the pretext for future negotiations. He said the PA would consult Abdullah and the Arab Monitoring Committee before decided whether to press on with the discussions.
The most outstanding issue preventing the resumption of high-level direct negotiations is the continued expansion of Israeli settlements, especially in "occupied" Jerusalem, Abbas said according to the report.