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Fatah demands changes to Kerry's plan
Published Thursday 18/07/2013 (updated) 19/07/2013 12:09
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President Mahmoud Abbas sits with US Secretary of State John Kerry
on July 17. (PPO/AFP/Thaer Ghanem)
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Fatah demanded on Thursday that changes be made to US Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace plan, following a meeting in Ramallah, an official said.

"Fatah wants to make some alterations to Kerry's plan... because the proposed ideas are not encouraging for a return to negotiations," a top official of the party of President Mahmoud Abbas said.

"The central committee is demanding, for a return to talks... that Kerry announce they should be based on the 1967 lines," said Amin Maqbul, secretary general of the Fatah movement's Revolutionary Council.

The announcement came after two rounds of intensive talks on Tuesday and Wednesday between Kerry and Abbas.

It was the top US diplomat's sixth visit to the region in as many months to try to broker a compromise formula to allow a resumption of direct peace talks after a three-year hiatus.

Israel had rejected Palestinian demands for a publicly declared freeze to all settlement construction in the occupied territories as a condition to resume talks, and Abbas and his negotiating team had referred those terms to the Palestinian political leadership.

The rejection by the leadership of Abbas's own Fatah movement of the blueprint meant that its planned referral to the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which also includes dissident factions, was unlikely to go ahead.

The US State Department acknowledged that Kerry's efforts had suffered a setback despite their endorsement on Wednesday by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and senior Gulf Arab diplomats.

"There are currently no plans for an announcement on the resumption of negotiations," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Kerry had extended his latest visit to the region in the hope of a hard-fought agreement on a return to talks.

"Secretary Kerry will remain in Amman on Thursday night to determine if there is additional work that requires his presence before he returns to the United States," a State Department official said.
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1 ) Malone / Hfx
18/07/2013 18:22
Give it up Kerry...it's obvious to all that the pals don't want peace when they keep adding unacceptable preconditions that they know Israel will refuse.

2 ) LOL what about HAMAS / WILL THEY BE PART
18/07/2013 18:31
of the peace plan?

3 ) Robert Haymond / Teko'a, Israel
18/07/2013 18:43
Yasser Arafat torpedoed the agreement-in-the-making of over 98% of the land demanded by the PA and began the 2nd Intifada much to the chagrin of then President Clinton. Now Abbas demands that the outcome becomes the starter for negotiations, no doubt spurred on by Hamas, the EU and his own decide to remain in command. In other words, no further progress. The only thing that Mideastern Arab Muslims want is the decimation of Israel. This will never occur no matter how fervent the opposition!

4 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
18/07/2013 21:03
Kerry when are you going to stop wasting USA tax payers money? Six visits and still no peace deal. Are you waiting for lucky seven? I am not a politician but I can understand the facts. (1) Netanyahu will not stop the building of illegal settlements. (2) And Palestine will not negotiate until the Zionists stop building illegal houses on their land. KERRY IT IS STALEMATE FACE THE FACTS AND STAY HOME!
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