Abbas rejects Kerry's security plan

Palestinian leader has rejected US proposal for Israel to keep troops along Jordanian border.

Abbas rejects Kerry's security plan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected a proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry to allow Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along border with Jordan.

"Abbas rejected Kerry’s proposal," a reliable source told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.

The top US diplomat held a one-hour meeting with Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah late Thursday.

"Kerry suggested a long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley," the source said.

"He proposed that Israel would control the Jordan Valley to a period between 10 to 15 years before withdrawing from the region."

According to the source, the US Secretary linked Israeli withdrawal from the region "to the readiness of the Palestinian forces to take control of the Jordan Valley".

According to the source, the proposal shows that Kerry has abandoned a plan by General John to have an international presence in the Jordan Valley without any Israeli presence.

The Americans are talking now about security arrangements that leave the Jordan Valley, border crossings and airspace under Israeli control, the source said.

Kerry started talks on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The talks are expected to tackle the proposed security plan in the Jordan Valley.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Aralık 2013, 17:02