Palestinians reject Israel's demand for unconditioned peace talks

Peace negotiations will remain on hold unless Israeli PM 'announces an end of settlement, releases prisoners arrested before signing Oslo peace accords in 1993 and recognizes all the signed peace treaties between the two sides'

Palestinians reject Israel's demand for unconditioned peace talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Palestinians insisted that they will not accept the resumption of unconditioned peace talks with Israel, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator and Secretary General of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that the Palestinians reject the notion of restarting the peace talks with Israel unconditionally.

Erekat was responding to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's earlier remarks that he invites Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a meeting to study ending incitement between the two sides.

"In case the meeting is held, Netanyahu should first announce an end of settlement, release prisoners arrested before signing Oslo peace accords in 1993 and recognize all the signed peace treaties between the two sides," said Erekat.

He insisted that "If Netanyahu doesn't do this, there will be no resumption of negotiations," adding that "in relation to incitement, we know how to respond to it."

Erekat accused Israel of waging a comprehensive war against the Palestinians, which includes a demolition of homes, lands confiscations, holding bodies of Palestinians and breaking into Palestinians' holy places.

Last Mod: 05 Nisan 2016, 17:40
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