Palestinians to Set Conditions on Returning to Peace Talks

(Asharq Al-Awsat-UK) Kifah Ziboun and Nazir Majli - As Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets on Tuesday in Ramallah with President Trump's envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, well-informed Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Palestinian Authority would engage in fresh negotiations with Israel based on four conditions: halting settlements, releasing a number of prisoners, guaranteeing the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 lines, and determining a timeframe for the end of negotiations. Sources said the Palestinian Authority's new conditions show its acceptance of a U.S. mediating role and of direct negotiations with Israel, contrary to its previous stance on the need to have an international mechanism as the basis for launching the peace talks.

2017-03-14 00:00:00

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