Direct talks after stating borders: Palestine

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Ramallah, Jul 18: Palestine rejected the US call to hold a direct negotiations with Israel.

Fatah Central Committee member, Mohammed Dahlan, told that Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the a call by US to hold direct negotiations with Israel because US special envoy George Mitchell did not give Israeli responses to the Palestinian questions regarding borders and security.

"Going to direct negotiations requires that there should be progress and clear Israeli answers regarding borders and security. In the absence of an Israeli response to these two issues, Fatah has not changed its position regarding its refusal to hold direct negotiations," said Dahlan.

The Palestinian Authority reported that it would start direct negotiations, suspended since Dec 2008, only after progress in the proximity talks on borders and security.

On Saturday, Jul 17 Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in an interview told that he would be ready to enter direct negotiations if Israel accepted a third party or international force to maintain security of the borders with the Palestinian state.

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