RAMALLAH, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held another round of peace talks in Jerusalem amid deep differences, a well-informed Palestinian source told Xinhua on Monday night.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were deep differences between the two sides on the security issue, and Israel also issued a protest against statements made by Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on this issue one day ago.
The Israeli side considered statements of Abbas "a violation of the rules of the talks, as this issue can only be resolved through direct negotiations and not the mass media," according to the source.
On Sunday, Abbas said that the security of the future Palestinian state will be the responsibility of the Palestinians only, and the Palestinians won't oppose temporary international presence at the borders.
Abbas insisted that the Palestinian-Jordanian borders will include the territories from the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley up to the central mountains.
The direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were resumed at the end of July. Their first meeting was held in Washington and the others were held in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Jericho.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, an official in Palestine Liberation Organization, said in a press statement earlier on Monday that the direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are not making any tangible progress.
The United States gave the two sides a nine-month period to agree on all outstanding issues, mainly issues related to the permanent status such as Jerusalem, settlements, security, borders and refugees.