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Palestinians not to get back to violence if peace talks fail: official

English.news.cn   2014-04-17 00:07:41

RAMALLAH, April 16 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians are not intending to get back to violence or explode the situation with Israel if the direct U.S.-sponsored peace talks fail, a senior Palestinian official stressed on Wednesday.

Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman of the Palestinian Presidency, said at a press conference that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated to both Israel and the United States that the Palestinians are against violence.

The press conference was held in the aftermath of a meeting between Abbas and Israeli members of Knesset, or parliament, at Abbas headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

"We are against violence and against getting back to it," said Abu Rdineh, referring to the possibilities of a collapse of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians which are due to end on April 29.

Israeli and Palestinians held a series of direct peace talks sessions over the last nine months, without achieving any breakthrough in the outstanding issues.

The talks between the two sides halted after Israel refused to free the last batch of 26 Palestinian prisoners from its jails.

In response, the Palestinians decided to sign on joining 15 international treaties and warned that they will go for joining around 63 international agencies in case the peace talks fail.

"The decision to join the treaties was not surprising and we didn't deceive anyone. The U.S. and Israeli officials know that the prisoners release was agreed on for postponing the joining of international treaties and agencies during the nine-month period of the talks," said Abu Rdineh.

Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators were scheduled to meet again on late Wednesday, Abu Rdineh said, but it was postponed to Thursday evening.

Abu Rdineh said that Israel has to show a commitment to the principles that will lead to extending the talks, adding "if this is made, we are ready, but if not, the Palestinian leadership will convene again to study the situation."

Asked about the Palestinian reaction to the attack in Hebron, where an Israeli man was killed on Monday, Abu Rdineh said " President Abbas told the Knesset members today that the Palestinians are fully committed to achieving a just peace and a full condemnation of violence."

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