Top Palestinian leaders Abbas, Fayyad reportedly cut all contact with each other (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Avi Issacharoff 04/24/12)
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Communication channels between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are completely cut off, Al Quds Al
Arabi reported on Sunday in London. According to the report, the two
top Palestinian officials cut all forms of communication, after
Fayyad refused to head a delegation to meet Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu last week.
According to the report, Abbas refuses to answer Fayyad´s calls, and
the presidential office is refraining from scheduling a meeting
between the two to decide on changes in Fayyad´s government.
Last Tuesday, Fayyad refused to head a delegation to meet Netanyahu
and deliver a missive concerning the freeze in peace talks from Abbas
addressed to the Israeli Prime Minister. An Israeli source said that
Fayyad´s refusal came after disagreements with Abbas over the letter,
thinking it would not lead to a breakthrough.
In place of Fayyad, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat led the
Palestinian delegation, accompanied with West Bank Intelligence Chief
Majed Farag. The meeting took place in Jerusalem and lasted about 1
hour and 20 minutes.
The sides decided on a follow-up meeting between Netanyahu´s envoy
Yitzhak Molcho and Abbas, which is due to take place next week. At
the meeting Molcho will give Abbas a letter with Netanyahu´s
response. Netanyahu´s letter will include his position on the future
Palestinian borders and the security measures Israel will demand as a
part of a final settlement with the Palestinians. (© Copyright 2012
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