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Abbas meets with Fatah officials to discuss peace talks
Published Monday 31/03/2014 (updated) 02/04/2014 12:02
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas met with Fatah officials Monday to discuss the latest developments in peace negotiations with Israel, a Fatah official said Monday.

Fatah Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yousef told Ma'an that the meeting would be comprised of 40 Fatah officials and members.

The speech was to focus partly on a PLO response to Israel's failure to release a fourth batch of Palestinian veteran prisoners, Abu Yousef said.

He personally ruled out the extension of peace talks past the April 29 deadline, but said Abbas had not mentioned the issue in a speech on Sunday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who cut short his Paris visit in an attempt to salvage talks, is scheduled to meet with Abbas Monday evening, Abu Yousef said.

Israel was scheduled to release the final group of prisoners on Saturday, but did not.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that debate with the PLO over the prisoner release could go on for "a number of days," the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported on its website.

Netanyahu said at a meeting with members of his right-wing Likud party that prisoners would not be freed "without a clear benefit for Israel in return," the report said.

So far, 78 of a total of 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners have been freed in three separate tranches.

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed 60 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the negotiations began.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
31/03/2014 21:18
Maan - what are you trying to achieve with the final paragraph? You could also add "The Palestinian Authority waged a 5 year 'intifada' against the Israeli occupation in which it tried to kill as many settlers as possible, but militias both in and out of PA control instead killed hundreds of innocent Israeli civilians inside the green line, causing Israel to build the security barrrier that most Israelis approve of because Palestinian suicide bombings dropped to near zero when it was built."

2 ) Realities / UN
01/04/2014 01:03
Shortly after talks collapse, Palestine will collapse, but Not before taking many UN committees down with it, for Every committee foolish enough to accept "Palestine" Will lose the major funding sources of the USA, Canada !!

3 ) mcc43 / Italy
02/04/2014 17:06
Resolution 2011/40 on : Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/docs/2011/res 2011.41.pdf
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