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PNA reacts as Israel halts bilateral cooperation

English.news.cn   2014-04-09 22:12:22

RAMALLAH, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is considering severing the security coordination and peace negotiations with Israel, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

"The move comes in response to the decision of the Israel government to halt cooperation with the PNA," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered government offices to halt cooperation with the Palestinian government amid the latter's request to join 15 international UN conventions.

The decision pertains to economic and civilian cooperation with the Palestinians, and does not pertain to the activity of Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, as well as the security- related coordination.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian official revealed that the Palestinian side has informed the U.S. special envoy for the peace process Martin Indyk that the Israeli decision would further worsen the already fragile relations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Peace negotiations have hit a deadlock after Israel refused to release a scheduled batch of 26 Palestinian prisoners in late March.

In response, Palestinian President Abbas signed a document to request joining 15 UN agencies and treaties earlier this month.

Despite the continued U.S efforts to bridge gaps between the two sides, growing conflicts have raised fears of collapsing the peace talks that restarted last July and are set to end later this month.



Editor: Bi Mingxin
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