Monday, January 30, 2012

Palestinian-Israeli Amman Talks are not Negotiations, says Official

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

RAMALLAH, January 30, 2012 (WAFA) – Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad Monday told Voice of Palestine radio that the meetings in Jordan between Israelis and Palestinians were “exploratory talks and not negotiations.”

He noted that the Central Committee meeting on Sunday emphasized that resumption of negotiations with Israel will require halt to settlements and recognition of the 1967 borders.

He said attempts by the Quartet that includes the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia to continue the talks will not lead to any progress in the peace process due to Israeli intransigence.

Ahmad said a united Palestinian-Arab position is needed to confront pressure to resume negotiations in spite of failure of the exploratory meetings.

He added that the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal planned for early February was only postponed due to Abbas’ heavy schedule.