Palestinians set conditions for talks with Israel

The Palestine Liberation Organisation issued a statement in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Obama telephoned Abbas and Olmert in his first full day in office on Wednesday.

Palestinians set conditions for talks with Israel
Palestinian political leaders said on Wednesday any resumption of peace talks with Israel would require the Jewish state to commit to withdraw from land occupied in 1967 and freeze all settlement activity.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) issued a statement in the West Bank city of Ramallah after new U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his first full day in office on Wednesday.

Obama telephoned to "communicate his commitment to active engagement in pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace from the beginning of his term," a spokesman said.

The PLO Executive Committee said it was demanding Israel commit to a comprehensive freezing of all settlement activity in and around Arab East Jerusalem and in the occupied West Bank and a commitment to give up its control on all occupied land in 1967.

"The Palestinian leadership are not ready to return to political negotiations with Israel unless there is a new basis for talks," the PLO said, without elaborating.

It said it wanted to conduct talks on the basis of the Arab peace initiative of 2002 which offers Israel peace and normal relations with all Arab countries in return for withdrawal from all territory occupied in 1967.

Talks are also most unlikely to resume any time before a new Israeli government is formed after a general election set for February 10.

Reuters
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