Abbas not to meet Netanyahu before settlements stop 2009-08-29 20:31:29   Print

     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 sources.

    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 settlements.

    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.

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