Abbas officials: Jerusalem 'red line' in Israel talks

The remarks come after Wednesday's announcement by Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, that he would not run in his Kadima party's leadership elections in September.

Abbas officials: Jerusalem 'red line' in Israel talks
Ahmed Qureia, the chief Palestinian negotiator to three-way talks with Israel and the US, said that agreement must be reached on all issues under negotiation "or there will be no agreement," Al Jazeera reported

"We will not accept that any issue be put off until later, whether territory, borders, Jerusalem," he said in Washington on Wednesday.

Qureia had earlier held talks with Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, and Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister.

"If the Palestinians and Israelis are serious and if they base their talks on international law, we might reach an agreement," Qureia said.

"But if there are facts on the ground being imposed, or an attempt to delay the issue of Jerusalem or refugees, we will fail."

His remarks come after Wednesday's announcement by Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, that he would not run in his Kadima party's leadership elections in September.

Also Rafik Husseini, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's chief of staff, said ,on the sidelines of the funeral for 11-year-old Ahmed Mussa, from the village of Na'alin, who Israel killed on
Tuesday, "without a deal on Jerusalem, there will not be a peace deal at all."

Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, said that as far as the Palestinians were concerned, Jerusalem was a "red line" that couldn't be crossed, Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported.

Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2008, 15:00
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