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Abbas, Kerry to discuss U.S. security proposals

English.news.cn   2013-12-11 02:30:15            

RAMALLAH, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in Ramallah on Thursday to discuss the peace process and security concerns, a senior Palestinian source said on Tuesday.

The source, which spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media, told Xinhua that Abbas and Kerry will meet for the second time in a week and discuss Kerry's proposals concerning the security arrangements between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The Palestinian leadership considers Kerry's proposals on the future security arrangements in the West Bank difficult, bad and humiliating because it only meets the security requirements of Israel," said the source.

On Friday, Kerry concluded a three-day visit to the region where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas, giving the two leaders the proposals related to security.

His security arrangements in the West Bank aimed at improving ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and would most likely be implemented in any future peace deal.

Israeli and Palestinian sources say that Kerry's ideas allow for a permanent Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley area in the West Bank for ten years, while Palestinian security forces will be simultaneously trained in order to takeover after the ten-year period.

The sources also said that Kerry's ideas mention an inconspicuous Israeli presence at border crossing points between the West Bank and Jordan.

Palestinians reject the idea of the presence of any Israel soldiers in the territories of the independent Palestinian state, proposing instead international forces monitor the borders.

Editor: yan
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