Saturday, 24 September 2011
Abbas Goes Home ... Sais No!
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested Saturday that he would reject a peacemaking blueprint put forward by international mediators, saying he would not agree to any proposal that disregarded Palestinian conditions for a resumption of peace talks.
Abbas, who returned to the West Bank on Saturday after submitting a statehood bid at the United Nations, told reporters accompanying him that he was still studying the proposal by the peacemaking Quartet — the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia.
But he appeared to tip his hand by saying that "we will not deal with any initiative" that doesn't demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on lines Israel held before capturing land the Palestinians claim for their state.
The Quartet statement made no such demands.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/24/international/i083254D39.DTL#ixzz1YszaafPF