Abbas to Meet Clinton, Hollande in Paris (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 07/04/12)
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Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas will meet with US
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the French President Francois
Hollande this week.
Erekat said Abbas will stress the importance of releasing PA jailed
in Israel when he meets with the leaders, according to a statement
from his office.
He added that Abbas will also meet EU foreign affairs chief Catherine
Ashton, and the British, German and Norwegian foreign ministers
during his two-day trip to Paris.
World diplomats are currently gathering for a "Friends of Syria"
meeting in the French capital. The summit is a bid by world leaders
to bridge Arab and Western positions over the conflict in Syria.
However, Russia – which says the group is biased in favor of
opposition to President Bashar Assad – refuses to attend.
A spokesman for Abbas´ office said last month that the PA leader will
only meet with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel agrees to
free seriously ill prisoners, including those detained prior to the
Specifying pre-Oslo and sick prisoners is a step down from Abbas´
previous position, which was the unconditional release of all PA
prisoners from Israeli prisons.
However, the prisoner issue remains only one of several preconditions
Abbas has thrown in the path of renewed peace talks between Ramallah
He has also demanded Israel agree to the indefensible pre-1967 lines
as the borders for a future PA state and impose a second building
freeze in Judea and Samaria before he agrees to come to the
Israeli officials note that a previous 10-month building freeze by
Israel aimed at meeting Abbas´ demand was rebuffed and not only met
with additional preconditions, but a unilateral statehood bid at the
United Nations in violation of the 1993 Oslo Accords as well.
They say Abbas´ current raft of preconditions are a fait accompli
intended to forestall talks that would require him to make
concessions he has not prepared his people for.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he is ready to
resume talks immediately without preconditions from either side.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/04/12)
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