اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Abbas: US peace efforts have failed 'so far'
Published Saturday 22/02/2014 (updated) 23/02/2014 14:13
Font- Font+
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with US
Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on February 20, 2014
Palestinian Presidency/AFP/File
PARIS (AFP) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that US attempts to forge an agreement on a framework for peace talks with Israel had so far failed but that the efforts are "extremely serious."

Speaking in Paris after talks this week with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Abbas told journalists: "So far the Americans have not been able to put these ideas into a framework, even if the efforts are extremely serious."

After meeting with Abbas, French President Francois Hollande said he had underlined the need "to reach an agreed framework for negotiations in a timely manner."

Abbas met with Kerry twice in Paris this week in what a US official described as "constructive" talks.

The top US diplomat has spent months trying to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree on a framework to guide talks towards a full peace treaty, but the negotiations have shown little sign of progress, with each side blaming the other.

A Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday that ideas proposed by Kerry in Paris could not be accepted "as the basis for a framework accord ... as they do not take into account the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people."
Print
1 ) Outlier / USA
22/02/2014 13:02
Intemperate comments by either side do not help the peace process. Abbas should shut up.

2 ) wjm / usa
22/02/2014 21:08
The Palestinians have nothing the Israelis want, except land, and they can continuing taking that by virtue of their superior military power without any agreement with the Palestinians. In other words, the status quo is perfectly acceptable to the Israelis, they are capturing the land and resources without any agreement and without compromising or giving up anything. That's why they had just as soon Kerry go back home to Washington and stay there.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/02/2014 03:55
To Outlier #1: 'Intemperate comments by either side do not help the peace process. ' There is no peace process. There won't be one until we grab Israel by the private parts, tell her what to sign, make her sign it, and then keep squeezing until she actually implements it. Those are the only conditions under which she's ever cooperated. That was true in 1956, it was true when she made peace with Egypt, it was true when Reagan suspended aid, and it's true now.

4 ) Outlier / USA
24/02/2014 05:15
3. Colin, your anger is a luxury Palestinian may appreciate, but cannot afford. Palestinians have little leverage in the peace process (violence isn't one of them, as they will be judged Muslim extremists - even before Israel deals with the situation - and loose all credibility) . They will need to make some very tough - and for many, very unpopular - concessions to get a peace agreement. Otherwise, the situation stays the same. Pragmatism or pie in the sky - only the former will bring peace.
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Fresh Israeli strikes kill 2 children ahead of truce talks
13 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling on Jabaliya
57 dead in Israeli shelling Tuesday morning, power plant shuts down

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014