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Kerry, Abbas to discuss peace talks
Published Monday 12/05/2014 (updated) 14/05/2014 22:57
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with President Mahmoud
Abbas in the Jordanian capital Amman, on March 26, 2014
(Pool/AFP/File Jacquelyn Martin)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said, weeks after Middle East peace talks collapsed.

"The meeting will discuss a possible resumption of negotiations with Israel," the official said, requesting anonymity.

But Kerry's spokeswoman denied there were any plans for the US top diplomat to hold talks with the Palestinian leader during a scheduled trip to London this week.

"There's no meeting planned," Jen Psaki told reporters, adding that Kerry would be in London on Thursday for discussions on the conflict in Syria.

Kerry's peace efforts derailed even ahead of their April 29 deadline, with Palestinian and Israeli leaders exchanging recriminations and reneging on commitments made during nine months of fruitless meetings.

"The meeting could be the last attempt by Kerry to revive negotiations," the Palestinian official said.

Should the peace talks resume, Kerry believes both sides must work on the future contours of a Palestinian state and security arrangements for Israel alongside other core issues such as refugees and Jerusalem.

Israeli security took precedence throughout much of the last talks, overshadowing the issues of future borders and refugees.

During the talks, Israel also announced thousands of new settler homes in the West Bank, on land the Palestinians want for a future state.

In late March, Israel backtracked on a pledge made at the start of the talks in July 2013 to release a final batch of veteran Palestinian prisoners, prompting Abbas to seek membership of several international treaties, breaking his own commitments.

The PLO, which is dominated by Abbas's Fatah party, then signed a surprise reconciliation agreement with Islamist rivals Hamas on April 23, after which an incensed Israel pulled out of the talks.
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1 ) Peace, Talks, & / Reality
13/05/2014 00:12
-1- Kerry & Abbas have No Need "to discuss peace talks", since the USA & "Palestine" already live in peace together, and -2- If Abbas intends for "Palestine" to ever become a real state, Then he had better start "talking peace" with the only state, the Jewish State of Israel, that can actually make it happen !!!!

2 ) will VICE presudent / HANYIEH
13/05/2014 03:27
JOIN THE TALKS?

3 ) red / USA
13/05/2014 05:15
The USA has been at war with Palestine through its proxy Jewish state since it midwifed the birth of the colonialist zionist monster sixty-five years ago.

4 ) Emile / Palestine
13/05/2014 22:20
Jews need to choose between Zionism and Peace. The two are incompatible.

5 ) JoeFattal / USA
13/05/2014 22:57
I admire President Abbas and Kerry for pushing the peace talks to the Israelis. But with Israel and its political and peace commitments in the region I find hard to believe that Israel will give up anything regardless if the Palestinians inluding Hamas accept and recognize the State of Israel or even recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Israel is divided within its government, Jewish extremists are aiming for supremacy and Netanyahu is playing diplomacy and Israel is in a mess.

6 ) Wake-Up Call / Reality
14/05/2014 03:25
There is NO "future of the peace process", and there is NO future for a Palestinian state either, unless the PLO does two things: -1- Drop all preconditions (borders, settlements, etc.) to talks, and then -2- Make impossibly difficult compromises, on all it's demands, including NO 1967 borders, NO East Jerusalem capital, and NO refugee return, or * A Palestinian State Will Never Exist, while Israel continues to prosper !!
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