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Abbas: Willing to resume peace talks if Israel freezes settlements

The Palestinian president says he will resume peace talks ‘the minute the Israeli government agrees to cease all settlement activities, including in and around Occupied East Jerusalem, and agrees to implement the signed agreements on the basis of mutual reciprocity.’

israel-palestine Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he was willing to resume peace talks with Israel on the condition it halts settlement construction in response to a speech by US Secretary John Kerry on the Middle East peace process.

“The minute the Israeli government agrees to cease all settlement activities, including in and around Occupied East Jerusalem, and agrees to implement the signed agreements on the basis of mutual reciprocity, the Palestinian leadership stands ready to resume permanent status negotiations on the basis of international law and relevant international legality resolutions, including UNSC 2334, under a specified timeframe, ” Abbas said in a statement conveyed by PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat/

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“President Mahmoud Abbas followed with great interest Secretary Kerry’s speech and reiterated his commitment to a just and lasting peace as a strategic option, ” Erekat noted.

“President Abbas is fully convinced that a just, comprehensive and lasting peace can be reached in all core issues on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative, with specified terms of reference, which can guarantee to fully end the Israeli occupation and lead to the establishment of an independent State of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 border, living in peace and security, side by side, the State of Israel, as well as resolving all core issues, including refugees and prisoners, on the basis of the relevant international legality resolutions, ” Erekat went on to say.

“President Abbas will continue to cooperate closely with France, which plans to convene next month an international peace conference, in order to guarantee the launching of a credible peace process based on international law, international legality and within a specified timeframe and a new international follow up, ” added Erekat.

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