RAMALLAH, July 21 (JMCC) - The top leadership of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
party met Tuesday, only to frown on a move to direct talks with Israel
without Israeli concessions.
The general movement of Fatah is to reject moving from the proximity negotiations to the face-to-face talks as long as the Israeli settlement activities and its denial of the peace references continued, Mahmoud al-Aloul told Xinhua following a meeting of the Central Committee here on Tuesday.Read
The meeting, chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, evaluated the U.S.-mediated proximity talks that started in May and the pressure put on the Palestinian leadership to go to direct talks. However, a decision either to continue the proximity talks or to stop them has not yet been made, according to al-Aloul.
The Central Council of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is scheduled to meet next month to decide on the talks.
The proximity talks aim at defining the borders of the future Palestinian statehood and the related security issues, but the Palestinians say the negotiations, intended to last for four months, have not made any progress so far.
the story at Xinhua...