Palestinian leader says indirect talks with Israel to last 4 months, then he’ll see what nextBy AP
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Palestinian leader gives peace talks 4 months
AMMAN, Jordan — Palestinian president says U.S.-brokered indirect peace talks with Israel must focus on key issues or they could collapse within a few months.
Mahmoud Abbas gave the talks four months. He says after that, he will seek advice from the Arab League on next steps. He spoke on Wednesday after talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah.
Abbas says the talks must focus on core issues, such as the final borders of a future Palestinian state.
Israel maintains the indirect talks can address the key issues, but that their resolution can only come in direct negotiations.
Abbas’ remarks came as U.S. mediator George Mitchell was back in the region.
Mitchell will kick off the indirect talks in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Wednesday.
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