Peace talks possible if sides agree on borders, Abbas says

Peace talks possible if sides agree on borders, Abbas says

Direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could resume if the sides agree on the borders of a Palestinian state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday, dpa reported.

"If we set the borders we can go back to negotiations, but the Israelis do not want to set the borders," Abbas said in Jordan, as Israeli and Palestinian officials prepared to hold their fifth and final session of exploratory talks in Amman, Jordan about relaunching the long-stalled peace process.

In Amman, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said late Wednesday there would be a one-week cessation in the meetings. The break will allow an assessment of the outcome of the past three weeks of talks, he said.

"There will be no meetings in Amman next week between the Palestinian and Israeli sides so that we can evaluate what we have achieved and how to move to the next stage," Judeh was quoted as saying by the official Petra news agency.

He stopped short of saying whether the planned meeting for Wednesday took place between chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho.

Abbas said the Jordan-brokered talks with Israel had "revived hopes" of restarting the direct negotiations, which broke off 16 months ago.

"The Palestinian-Israeli encounters were exploratory meetings and not negotiations," Abbas told reporters after discussions with Jordanian King Abdullah II that focused on the outcome of the four rounds of Palestinian-Israeli talks in Amman since January 3.

"The Jordanian move has revived hopes and put things on the right track so that Israel will have no pretext after that," he said. He added that Israel's failure to halt settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "proves the Israeli side has no intention of concluding peace."

The last round of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks broke off at the end of September 2010, after Israel refused to extend a partial and limited 10-month moratorium on construction in its West Bank settlements.

Palestinians refused to return to the negotiating table, unless the moratorium was renewed and widened to include East Jerusalem. In addition, Abbas also insisted that Israel agree to a Palestinian state based on the borders which existed before the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt.

The exploratory talks hosted in Jordan were launched in early January, in a last-minute bid to revive the peace process, before Palestinians step up their diplomatic campaign at the United Nations as an alternative to negotiations with Israel.

Wednesday's planned parley was intended to take place a day before expiry of a deadline set by the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia.

The Palestinians have warned they will not continue the talks after the January 26 deadline. Abbas said that, once the exploratory talks were finished, he would "evaluate the situation with the (Jordanian) king" in preparation for the February 4 meeting of the Arab follow-up committee to "decide the next step."

Earlier Wednesday, an official confirmed that Israeli and Palestinian envoys had clashed over the makeup of their delegations during their last meeting in Jordan.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat refused to enter the room where the talks were held Saturday, because the Israelis had unexpectedly brought along a security expert, said the official, who is close to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee.

Erekat, therefore, refused to hear the Israeli position on security in the presence of the expert, because that person was not an official member of the Israeli delegation and unauthorized to be there.

"They tried to introduce a security expert and it was not part of the exploratory talks," the official told dpa on condition of anonymity.

"We did not want to start any meeting with the presence of (people) who were not supposed to be in the meeting," he said.

The official said Israel had so far failed to submit its positions on the two negotiation issues of borders and security, despite an expectation it would do so in the second round of the Jordan talks.

During Wednesday's meeting, King Abdullah briefed Abbas on the outcome of his visit last week to the United States, where he received President Barack Obama's backing for hosting the Palestinian-Israeli talks, according to a royal court statement.

"The monarch pledged that Jordan will continue to do whatever it can to ensure the availability of the climate that permits the relaunching of Palestinian-Israeli talks that tackle all final status issues in the run-up for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 lines," the statement read.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Azerbaijan discloses volume of oil exported to Turkey in 10M2021
Azerbaijan discloses volume of oil exported to Turkey in 10M2021
Forecast of Azerbaijani State Oil Fund’s total management costs for 2022 revealed
Forecast of Azerbaijani State Oil Fund’s total management costs for 2022 revealed
Volume of cargo shipment via Turkish ports from Morocco for 10M2021 revealed
Volume of cargo shipment via Turkish ports from Morocco for 10M2021 revealed
Loading Bars
Latest
Armenia seen that, whole world seen that, no-one has been able to stop us - President Ilham Aliyev
Israel lifts tariffs on dairy imports to cut prices
Young grew up who did not see Karabakh, they liberated Karabakh at cost of their lives – President Ilham Aliyev
Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports talks about appointment of new deputy minister
I tell them to give us date of when Zangazur corridor will be opened - President Ilham Aliyev to Armenia
Azerbaijan discloses volume of oil exported to Turkey in 10M2021
Azerbaijani deputy defense minister leaves for Moscow
Forecast of Azerbaijani State Oil Fund’s total management costs for 2022 revealed
Turkmenistan approves anti-crisis program for 2022
Volume of cargo shipment via Turkish ports from Morocco for 10M2021 revealed
Ministry shares data on volume of cargo shipment via Turkish ports from Belgium for 10M2021
Volume of cargo shipment via Turkish ports from China for 10M2021 unveiled
Turkey discloses volume of cargo shipment via its ports from Germany for 10M2021
Cost of goods transported via sea up in Azerbaijan
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visit monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Guba (PHOTO/VIDEO)
SOFAZ asset management revenue forecast for 2022 unveiled
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on December 7
Azerbaijan is creating social zone in industrial park of liberated Jabrayil district- ministry
Turkmenistan continues oil prospecting work on Cheleken peninsula
Uzbekistan shares data on import of potatoes in 10M2021
Price indexes of construction, trade sectors at Uzbek stock exchange fall
Galt & Taggart shares data on Georgia’s bonds on London Stock Exchange
Uzbekistan unveils volume of exports and imports
Georgia’s persimmon exports continue to increase
Russia remains main importer of Georgia’s tangerines
Uzbekistan reveals volume of tomato exports for 10M2021
Uzbek Statistics Committee shares data on foreign trade turnover
Kazakhstan’s oil and gas company opens tender to supply electric pump
Turkey discloses volume of cargo shipment via its ports from Albania for 10M2021
Eurostat reveals data on Czechia's import of petroleum oils from Azerbaijan
Vegetable pathogen detected in batch of pepper imported to Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan’s National Bank discloses inflation expectations
Turkmenistan talks demand on local aviation, lighting kerosene among foreign clients
Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences talks demographic indicators of Karabakh, East Zangazur
Kazakhstan talks forecasted growth level of GDP for late 2021
All 6 Israel policymakers voted to keep key rate at 0.1%
Iran reaches increase in load/unloaded operations at Amirabad port
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 585 more COVID-19 cases, 944 recoveries
Iran's Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to rise full speed
Eni Turkmenistan Ltd to purchase spare parts for pumps via tender
Azerbaijan talks 4G network coverage in liberated territories
Iran’s Nakhlak Lead Mining Complex boosts production
Kazakh-Chinese bitumen plant opens tender for vehicles rent
Act of amnesty covers 16 foreign citizens in Azerbaijan
Tesla did not want to wait on EU aid - German economy minister
Austrian President swears in Karl Nehammer as new Chancellor
Iran’s CBI general director talks foreign currency exchange activity data
Unemployment in Israel fell sharply in November
Oil and gas production dep’t of Turkmenistan’s Turkmennebit SC exceeds production plan
Volume of natural gas transportation via Serbian-Hungarian interconnector revealed
Field rearranging underway on Serbian-Hungarian gas interconnector route
Iran not to follow 'plan B' while in Vienna nuclear talks - FM
Georgian business sector sees increase in turnover
Kazakh National Bank announces its decision for base rate
Kazakhstan reveals GDP growth in 10M2021
Azerbaijan working on flight recorder of crashed helicopter - Prosecutor General's Office
UK to block poor-performing companies from winning public work
Croatia confirms its first two cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant
Balacans Agro Food LLC, Azerbaijan Investment Company sign agreement (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan to consider joining int'l documents on intellectual property protection
Oil majors to mitigate demand fluctuation with digital twins
SOFAZ sees significant increase in Shah Deniz revenues
Azerbaijan shares data on number of freed convicts as part of act of amnesty
Annual inflation rate slightly slows down in Kazakhstan
SOFAZ discloses revenues from Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli
Azerbaijan shares data on number of people covered by Act of Amnesty so far
TBC Capital publishes Georgia’s weekly economic review
Oil rebounds above $71 on Omicron hopes, Iran talks
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva meet with residents of Gonagkand settlement (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Israeli firm to sell HSBC Tower in New York for $855 million
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for December 6
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva view conditions created at secondary school № 1 in Guba (PHOTO/VIDEO)
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attend opening of Guba Abad Factory enterprise (PHOTO/VIDEO)
President Ilham Aliyev inaugurates Guba-Gonagkand highway (PHOTO/VIDEO)
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva view conditions created at Guba Olympic Sports Complex (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Crisis center discloses 32,136 new coronavirus cases in Russia over past 24 hours
Chevron to expand investments in Kazakhstan’s Tengiz field dev't
Famous scientist talks about significance of victory in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh (PHOTO)
Iran shares data on cargo transportation
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva arrive in Guba district for visit (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijan prepares bill on repatriation of people to Karabakh – state committee
Azerbaijani State Oil Fund’s estimates on oil, gas transportation revenues for 2022 unveiled
Azerbaijan gives update on mine clearance work in liberated lands
Azerbaijan’s 10M2021 volume of goods exports via stationary vehicles increases
State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan forecasts revenues and expenditures for 2022
Azerbaijan’s forecast for oil production from Bahar field in 2022 revealed
Cargo movements in Iran’s Noshahr Port down
India, Russia to ink number of pacts during Modi-Putin summit on Dec 6
India clears plan to make AK-203 assault rifles with Russia
Georgia to reduce external debt and budget deficit in 2022 – PM
From buyer of military goods, India wants to become Russia’s ‘development & production’ partner
Georgia, US discuss wine exports potential
EU, UNDP to implement project for green economy transition in Uzbekistan
Imperial Springs Forum 2021 concluded (PHOTO)
Private investment to pick up: CEA Krishnamurthy V Subramanian
Bangladesh, India: Celebrating 50 years of friendship
Georgia's coal production up
Uzbekistan shares data on sales of oil and gas products in 11M2021
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan sign trade contracts and bilateral agreements
All news