Thursday, July 15, 2010

Peace? Negotiations? You Kidding?

Fatah urges no direct Mideast talks for now

The Palestinian president's Fatah party said on Thursday there should be no move to face-to-face Middle East peace talks sought by the United States without progress in the indirect talks it is mediating.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas...is wary of negotiating directly with an Israeli leader he believes unwilling to settle the Middle East conflict on terms acceptable to the Palestinians.

The Fatah statement, which criticised calls for a move to direct negotiations, illustrated the domestic pressure Abbas is facing to resist more direct peace talks with Israel.



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