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Abbas: No immediate extension of peace talks
Published Tuesday 21/01/2014 (updated) 22/01/2014 18:40
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to ongoing peace negotiations with Israel, stressing that he was focused on making progress within the nine month time frame originally agreed upon.

Abbas said in a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart, Traian Basescu, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah that the Palestinians are determined to continue peace efforts in order to establish a Palestinian state.

He added that extending negotiations with Israel past the agreed-upon nine month period was not something being discussed at the moment.

Abbas said that he briefed Basescu on the latest news on the peace process, and they discussed their hopes for an improvement of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Abbas praised the United States for its support in pushing the peace process forward as well as the European Union for their statements condemning Israeli settlement construction activity.

Basescu, for his part, said that the two leaders aim to improve the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Basescu stressed that his country supports Kerry's peace initiative and called upon the two parties to reach a middle ground where they can live side by side in peace and security.

Direct negotiations began in July between Israel and the Palestinians in a US-led attempt to restart the deadlocked peace process.

Israel has announced plans to build thousands of homes in illegal settlements across the West Bank over the course of the talks, inhibiting US efforts.
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1 ) shirley / australia
21/01/2014 23:15
what f idiot and how isreal is sitting back laughing isreal knows full well that the US does not support pal state and abbbass knows it too and abass is instaed of getting out now with numerous reasons more settlements and jordan valley annexation etc etc instead he looks like atotal idiot talking about peace and is killing support for palestinians quicker than he realizes and will trap pals forever he is too smart for his own good abbass the 9 months may be 2 late he feeds of others resistence

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
21/01/2014 23:44
- Without an immediate extension of Peace talks, - There will be NO Palestinian Statehood talks either, and ** Israel Needs Peace Less Than Palestine Needs Statehood !!!

3 ) what a brave LEADER / He really
22/01/2014 00:17
helps the palis.

4 ) Patricia / USA
22/01/2014 01:43
Palestinian apartheid in stating that not a single Jew would be permitted to live in any future Palestinian state is worse than South African apartheid ever was. It is purely and simply a racist ideology. There are numerous Arab and mixed Arab and Jewish settlements in Israel that are vigorously expanded with new housing construction. For the Palestinians to demand that peace be conditional on Israel's acceptance of their racist dogma is abhorrent and must be rejected by the civilized world.

5 ) @ President Abbas / Tubas
22/01/2014 02:46
-1- If PALESTINE IS ever GOING TO BECOME A real STATE, It is only going to happen ONE WAY, which is PEACE TALKS, and -2- Palestine needs to become a state "immediately", before settlements grow bigger, making Area C Israel's, instead of Palestine's, so -3- An "immediate extension of peace talks" should happen, and -4- You need to make the required compromises (borders, Jerusalem, refugees, etc.) before it is too late !!!!

6 ) Outlier / USA
22/01/2014 18:16
So no incentive for Israel to stop building and no likelihood of a Palestinian state anytime soon? How does this man still have this - or ANY - job?
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