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MIDEAST: PEACE PROCESS; ABBAS LESS RIGID ON COLONIES, PRESS

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  • marco.pertoni@libero.it
    MIDEAST: PEACE PROCESS; ABBAS LESS RIGID ON COLONIES, PRESS (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, SEPTEMBER 29 - According to media in the region, based on US indiscretion,
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
      MIDEAST: PEACE PROCESS; ABBAS LESS RIGID ON COLONIES, PRESS
       
      (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, SEPTEMBER 29 - According to media in the region, based on US indiscretion, there have been signals of a less rigid position from the president of the Palestinian National Authorithy (PNA), Mahmud Abbas, on the preliminary request for a complete freeze on all Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem prior to a resumption of peace negotiation with Israel. According to the sources, quoted by Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz and again by semi-official Palestinian press agency Maan, Mahmoud Abbas should have accepted to set aside his precondition, upon US request, pledging his return to the negotiation table that President Barack Obama is trying to set up once again, with great difficulty, also due to the persisting resistance of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on a colonies' freeze, which should be a precondition of the peace agreement, based on the commitments made in 2003 with mediators from US, Russia, UN and EU as part of the so-called Road Map. In exchange, Washington has allegedly pledged to strongly back Palestine on settlements, at the time of drafting an agreement with Israel. The tactical give-in of the Palestinian president, according to Haaretz, will allow the White Housés special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to start weaving a new setting to relaunch negotiations in about two days time, despite the inconclusive outcome of the recent summit, in New York, between Obama, Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. Meetings with two Israeli representatives have already been scheduled on Wednesday: Yitzhak Molcho, one of Netanyahùs advisors, and Michael Herzog, head of the Cabinet of the Defence Minister, Ehud Barak. (ANSAmed).
      2009-09-29 19:29
       
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