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Negotiators gearing up to save peace talks from breaking up

English.news.cn   2014-04-10 19:56:46

RAMALLAH, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Palestinians "are waiting for an Israeli answer on whether Israel wants to resume the peace talks or not," Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Reyad al-Malki told "Voice of Palestine" Radio on Thursday.

The nine-month negotiations, which are sponsored by the United States, are due to end on April 29, with many observers saying the talks have reached an impasse.

The talks stalled after Israel refused to release the last batch of 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners from its jails. Israel reneged on the decision after the Palestinians refused to extend the direct talks to the end of the year.

"We sent questions to the Israeli side via the Americans asking them to free the Palestinian prisoners, halt settlement building and discuss the future map of the borders of the Palestinian state, " said al-Malki.

Meanwhile, he revealed that chief Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are planning to hold another meeting in Jerusalem later on Thursday, adding American mediators will attend the meeting, which will highlight Palestinian questions and concerns.

Thursday's negotiations meeting is the fourth to be held since last week amid a deep divide between the two sides, which are both trading threats.

Meanwhile, the Israeli media quoted senior Israeli officials as saying that Israel wants to resume the talks in condition that the Palestinians refrain from joining United Nations agencies and organizations.


Editor: Fu Peng
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