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Report: Jordan to host peace talks in February
Published Wednesday 12/12/2012 (updated) 13/12/2012 18:19
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian and Israeli officials will meet in Jordan in February in efforts to support the peace process, King Abdullah II of Jordan was quoted as saying by Al-Hayat newspaper on Wednesday.

Officials from both sides will meet under the auspices of the European Union and United States, the Jordanian King said while visiting the United Kingdom on Tuesday, Al-Hayat reported.

"We are ready to start negotiations the day that Israel stops building settlements and abides by international law," Fatah official Nabil Shaath told Ma'an on Wednesday, adding that he did not know of any upcoming meetings with the Israelis.

"We consider the construction of settlements, the insistence by Israel that it be called a Jewish state and the blockade of Gaza as preconditions to negotiations," Shaath added.

The international community has a responsibility to hold Israel accountable for actions which violate its obligations under international law, the official said, adding that the PA is committed to non-violent resistance and peace.

President Abbas told European diplomats in October that he would resume peace talks with Israel after a UN vote on the Palestinian request for non-member status in the world body, which passed with an overwhelming majority on Nov. 29.

The day after the successful UN vote, Israel announced it would build some 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and expedite the planning process in the so-called E-1 settlement zone east of the city, which effectively splits the Palestinian north and south West Bank.

The last peace talks collapsed in 2010 after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a 10-month partial settlement construction freeze.

In September, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the two-state solution was the only sustainable option for peace. But he said the continued growth of Israeli settlements meant that "the door may be closing, for good."
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1 ) Mel / USA
12/12/2012 15:58
In diplospeak,'The International Community' IS the USG!LOL!Meaning all parties present will be SAME pro-Zionist-occupation mob,who've colluded with,armed & FUNDED the brutal Zionist occupation,colonization of Palestine since post WW1 thru' WW2 to today! I don't suppose ELECTED party(Hamas) of Palestine will be there on"Transjordan"soil?Or any BRICS-V nations to balance the equation?NO?Just same old stale 'process'cheeses? Is Abdullah 2B new"custodian"of E.Jerusalem,as promised B4? NEW BROKERS!!!

2 ) what about HAMAS? / w/o HAMAS
12/12/2012 16:48
there can be no meaningful peace,

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
13/12/2012 10:25
With Hamas we all know there will only be war. That is what Hamas wants and its leaders repeatedly say so over and over and over.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
13/12/2012 22:28
As we say in Israel - all of the honour to the King for pushing forward peace talks. May G-d strengthen his hand and make his mission a success. I personally wish the Jordanians success in their elections in January. May your country be strengthened by democracy and may you become more accepting and tolerant as your country grows. Just as we must be wary in Israel, beware the extremists and their false promises. Strive for peace and prosperity.
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