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    JPost - The Jerusalem Post Mitchell meets Abbas in Ramallah By JPOST.COM STAFF AND HERB KEINON 07/01/2010 17:09 Erekat: No direct talks until progress made on
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      The Jerusalem Post
      Mitchell meets Abbas in Ramallah
      By JPOST.COM STAFF AND HERB KEINON
      07/01/2010 17:09


      Erekat: No direct talks until progress made on borders, blockade.

      http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=180152


      US Middle East envoy George Mitchell met with Palestinian Authority
      President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday.

      Chief PA Negotiator Saeb Erakat said after the meeting that moving from
      proximity talks to direct talks as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has
      suggested is impossible as long as their is no progress made on the
      issue of borders and Israel continues the blockades and arrests, Israel
      Radio reported.


      The destruction of homes in Silwan was also discussed in the meeting, as
      was the expulsion of Hamas officials from east Jerusalem.

      Abbas told reporters from the Hebrew media on Tuesday he is willing to
      enter direct negotiations with the Netanyahu government, as soon as he
      hears from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu regarding Israel’s position
      on borders and security issues.

      Abbas, in the briefing with Israeli journalists in Ramallah, said that
      originally he wanted to hear from Netanyahu whether he was willing to
      accept the understandings agreed upon by his predecessor, Ehud Olmert.

      When no answer from Netanyahu was forthcoming regarding the Olmert
      offer, Abbas said at Tuesday’s briefing, he sent a message through US
      envoy George Mitchell saying that he would suffice with an answer on
      only two of the issues: borders and security.

      Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with Mitchell in Jerusalem on Tuesday to
      discuss the possibility of moving to direct talks with the Palestinian
      Authority.

      Barak said the move to direct talks would require a Palestinian
      willingness to do so without preconditions.

      The defense minister is scheduled to meet with Palestinian Prime
      Minister Salam Fayyad in the coming days. Barak said the two would
      discuss the move to direct talks as well as cooperation between Israel
      and the PA on security issues.
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