RAMALLAH, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not
meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Israel completely freezes
Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said on Saturday.
These remarks were made following reports that efforts were underway to
hold a three-way meeting between Abbas, Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack
Obama in New York on the sidelines of the UNGeneral Assembly next month.
"The three-way meeting is subjected to an agreement to stop theIsraeli
settlement completely," reported Voice of Palestine radio,quoting unidentified
Obama's administration hasn't changed its stance that Israel must freeze
the Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the two territories
that "along with the Gaza Strip" will be the ground of the future Palestinian
statehood, the sources said.
In a continued effort to resume the peace talks between the twosides, Obama
intends to send his envoy George Mitchell to the region soon.
In a meeting with Netanyahu in London last week, Mitchell failed to get a
word from the hawkish premier on halting the building and expansion of
Abbas hasn't met Netanyahu since the premier took
office in early April, stressing that the settlement activities should stop and
the Israeli government should endorse the two-state solution.