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PLO cancels Jericho peace talks over Qalandia deaths
Published Monday 26/08/2013 (updated) 28/08/2013 16:10
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The PLO has canceled peace talks scheduled for Monday following the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Qalandia refugee camp.

"The meeting that was to take place in Jericho ... today was cancelled because of the Israeli crime committed in Qalandia today," an official told AFP, referring to the refugee camp where the clashes erupted before dawn.

Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said they expected the talks to be held Monday evening in the town of Jericho, but there was no official confirmation from either side.

Speaking in Amman on Saturday after talks with chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said he expected the next round to take place "a few days from now."

Israeli forces killed three people and injured over 15 during an overnight arrest raid in the Ramallah refugee camp.

Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah strongly condemned the incident, calling it a crime against the Palestinian people.

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced Israel's incursion into the camp.

"Israel's use of excessive and indiscriminate violence and live ammunition in densely populated civilian areas represents a blatant violation of international and humanitarian law."

"We call on the members of the United Nations Security Council, the Quartet and the rest of the international community to take serious measures to bring an immediate end to the killing of innocent civilians and to terminate Israel’s impunity," she added.



AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
26/08/2013 15:16
I haven't heard that the PA informed Israel up-front that talks would be cancelled if Palestinian are killed, like the PA was informed up-front that settlement construction would continue, so:
- The PA cancellation of peace talks, justifies
- an Israel cancellation of prisoner releases !!

2 ) Abu mazen will do anything / to avoid
26/08/2013 18:52
peace.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/08/2013 19:08
Remember history? With each round of peace talks and every visit by a US Sec of State the Palestinians staged vicious, bloody attacks that killed as many as they could. Hamas, Al Aqsa Martyrs, Jihad - all explicitly attacked Israeli civilians in their attempt to kill the peace process by killing civilians. Today's events were Pals resisting arrest of militants, which the Pal security forces new about. Palestinians and Israelis want peace. The talks will resume despite today's deaths.

4 ) Outlier / USA
26/08/2013 19:48
More delay. Again, the PA shows a lack of courage. To avoid peace talks is to endorse the current situation, which is counterproductive to the Palestinians and a Palestinian state. It also casts doubt on Palestinians fulfilling obligations of a peace agreement. If they cannot be trusted to show up for a meeting, can they be trusted to follow through with substantial elements of a peace accord? This was the wrong move to honor those men.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/08/2013 22:56
To Tibi #1: '- The PA cancellation of peace talks, justifies - an Israel cancellation of prisoner releases !!' NOW you're thinking like an Israeli. Probably the plan is something like that. The Palestinians respond to Israeli provocations -- Israel finds in it grounds to cancel the prisoner 'releases' -- Palestinians walk out of the talks entirely -- oh look, the Palestinians won't negotiate. Why do you always feel the need to lie to yourselves about what you are doing?

6 ) Clara / Occupied Haifa
28/08/2013 11:20
" PLO (PA) cancels .........!! " Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaa AS IF HOUSE NEGROS CAN MAKE DECISIONS

7 ) Rami / Palestine
28/08/2013 11:51
I guess Ma'an can update this again since you know...they DIDN'T cancel the talks after all. While Palestinians (including 1 UNRWA employee) were being murdered in one of the most densely populated refugee camps in Palestine, Saeb Erakat was having lunch with Tzipi Livni in his mansion in Jericho. Business as usual, I think.

8 ) southparkbear / usa
29/08/2013 03:59
i got a call from tzipi she was crying over the phone having her trip to jericco cancelled

9 ) gabi / australia
29/08/2013 11:25
# 3 - Brian Cohen - you know, tribal loyalities can be very commendable. But when they blind you to the obvious, or make you deliberately obfuscate, then they are dangerous. "With every round of peace talks and every visit by a US Sec of State the Palestinians stage vicious bloody attacks that killed as many as they could" perhaps should read "With every round of peace talks and every visit by a US Sec of state the Israelis announce plans to build more settlements." Now THAT would be truthful.
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