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Abbas spokesman: Peace talks to continue until April deadline
Published Wednesday 16/04/2014 (updated) 18/04/2014 09:57
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Peace talks between the PLO and Israel will continue until their deadline on April 29, President Abbas' spokesman said Wednesday.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh told a press conference that talks are ongoing, despite recent setbacks, and will "discuss the principles that can lead to the extension of negotiations."

Abu Rudeineh made the comments following a meeting between Abbas and Israeli Knesset members in Ramallah, adding that such meetings prove there is "a glimmer of hope" to achieve peace by showing that there are people in the Israeli community that want peace and the two state solution.

The release of a final group of pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners is not a condition but a demand, he added.

Earlier, a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

Palestinian officials told AFP the meeting was being postponed to Thursday to allow for the arrival of US mediator Martin Indyk to the region.

The peace process has since last week suffered a new blow when Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the Palestinians' behalf, in retaliation for their diplomatic action against Israel at the United Nations.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed over 60 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the negotiations began.

Most Palestinian political factions, with the exception of Fatah, held demonstrations in July last year to protest a return to negotiations with Israel.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
16/04/2014 20:46
The talks will go on and will go on forever. Israel has no intention to give anything back, and the more the US involvement in the crisis the more it will drag. The US has always been a welcome mediator to Israel since both indirectly agree not to agree. So a return to negotiations is purely diplomatic and nothing else. A false hope to the Palestinians that want peace and a State of their own. But I guess talks has to go on.

2 ) betz55 / USA
17/04/2014 06:06
"Israel said it would freeze the transfer of duties it collects on the Palestinians' behalf" Really ? Then Obama should freeze the transfer of US taxpayer money to the tune of 10 million per day to Israel. We need that money here at home.

3 ) Outlier / USA
17/04/2014 17:57
In terms of gaining statehood, time is not the Palestinians' friend and never has been. After April, unless Israel sees a serious quid pro quo from the Palestinians that shows it has a partner in the peace process, expect to see a very long wait before new talks begin. Or a very ugly intafada three that the Palestinians will lose.

4 ) @ Joe-1 / USA too
18/04/2014 23:35
Actually, Outlier-3 sees the reality far better than you !! The "talks will NOT go on forever", since only Palestinians really need them, and when the deadline passes, Three Things will happen: -1- TALKS WILL STOP (even more than now, if possible), and thus -2- PALESTINE's progress towards real sovereign statehood * WILL STOP TOO, BUT -3- ISRAEL's progress towards security, prosperity, and expanding onto it's ancestral Judean homelands * WILL CONTINUE FOREVER & EVER.

5 ) @ Betz-55 / 5 Points of Fact
18/04/2014 23:46
1- Israel already DID "freeze the transfer of duties to the Palestinians". 2- The US will NOT "freeze the transfer of US money" to Israel, but 3- The US (& other major donors: Canada, EU, etc.) IS likely to "freeze the transfer of US money" to the Palestinians, since 4- After 20 years of donations, Palestine has achieved almost nothing, and 5- Other equally deserving peoples are also in need of assistance !!!!
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