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Abbas calls for effective U.S. role in talks with Israel

English.news.cn   2013-08-19 21:44:47            

RAMALLAH, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called for an effective U.S. involvement in the direct peace talks with Israel.

Abbas made the appeal during his meeting with Martin Indyk, the U.S. peace envoy who was elected recently as Washington managed to resume the long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians last month.

Abbas demanded the U.S. role in the negotiations to be "more effective, especially concerning the Israeli settlement building," said a Palestinian official who attended the meeting.

The American role should not only be only supervisory, Abbas told Indyk.

Meanwhile, the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that Abbas told Indyk that the Palestinian side is determined to make peace based on the two-state solution.

Wafa also quoted Indyk as saying that the Obama administration will continue its efforts to push forward the peace process.

On Sunday, Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee, insists to keep the presence of U.S. diplomats in the negotiations' sessions as nominal.

Senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will hold their third meeting around the end of this week in the West Bank city of Jericho.

In the last negotiations round last week, the Palestinian side was upset at the Israeli decision to build new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, part of the lands that the Palestinians want for the future state.

Editor: Yang Yi
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