Abbas in Cairo to discuss Netanyahu letter (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 05.19.12, 16:59)
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Palestinian president briefs Egyptian Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi
on Israeli position regarding settlements, borders; Abbas thanks
Egypt for its role in ending Palestinian prisoners´ hunger strike
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday met with Egypt´s
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi in Cairo in order to discuss the letter
of response sent to Abbas by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in
which he stated his position on renewing talks between Israel and the
Abbas´ original letter was delivered to Netanyahu by Chief
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Palestinian intelligence chief
Majed Faraj during a meeting in Jerusalem.
In the letter, Abbas wrote: "The Palestinian Authority has lost its
reason d´ętre," warning that the situation cannot persist. "Following
the government of Israel´s continuance policies, the Palestinian
Authority has no real power or jurisdiction over political, economic,
social, security or territorial matters."
Earlier, the PLO Executive Committee said Netanyahu’s response to
Abbas’ letter did not adequately address issues of major contention
such as settlement construction and borders, and called on the Middle
East Quartet to take action in order to move ahead with the peace
During their meeting, Abbas and Tantawi discussed the issue of
settlement construction in the West Bank, as well as Israel´s
blockade in the Gaza Strip and security arrangements along the border
between Israel and Egypt.
According to Egyptian media outlets, Abbas thanked Tantawi for
Egypt´s solidarity with the Palestinians, and the central role it
played in mediating the agreement to end the hunger strike staged by
Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons.
The two leaders also discussed the reconciliation talks held between
the Palestinian factions and forming a new Palestinian government.
Chief Erekat and other Fatah officials, including Abbas’ spokesman
Nabil Abu Rudeina, also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Palestinian
officials from Hamas and Fatah are scheduled to meet in Cairo next
week in order to accelerate the establishment of a Palestinian unity
government. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/19/12)
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