Abbas cools talk of Mofaz meeting / PA president’s spokesman says the two will not meet this month (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By PHILIP PODOLSKY 06/17/12)
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The spokesperson for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
said Sunday that the meeting between Abbas and Deputy Prime Minister
Shaul Mofaz has not yet been scheduled. According to the
spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeina, the two will not meet this month.
Rudeina has also stressed this meeting should not be viewed as a
resumption of negotiations.
Rumors of an upcoming meeting began circulating after the Kadima
chairman, speaking to members of his party Thursday, called on Abbas
to “put aside the dispatches, put aside the letters, enough chatter
and preconditions — come and talk peace! Come now.”
According to Mofaz, who is a strong supporter of the two-state
solution, “the Palestinians must know that our hand is extended to
peace with those who are willing and able to decide. We will not have
a better opportunity than this one.”
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with chief
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat this week in Washington, DC.
Clinton is expected to bring new ideas to the table regarding the
resumption of peace talks. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 06/17/12)
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