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Abbas, Kerry to meet in London over peace

English.news.cn   2014-05-12 19:40:14
 • Abbas will meet Tuesday in London with Kerry to discuss the faltering Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
 • Israel suspended the U.S.-mediated peace talks five days before their deadline on April 29.
 • The nine-month round of talks did not yield any positive results.

 

RAMALLAH, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Tuesday in London with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the faltering Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

They will hold discussions on the possibility of reviving the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations that ended late in April without making any progress, a Palestinian official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Abbas and Kerry will also discuss a future national unity government and the internal reconciliation," the official added.

The meetings will be held on the sidelines of Abbas' official visit to London where he will hold talks with British officials.

On Thursday, Abbas discussed the recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israel suspended the U.S.-mediated peace talks five days before their deadline on April 29 in response to a reconciliation agreement between Abbas' Fatah party and Hamas rulers of Gaza.

The nine-month round of talks did not yield any positive results.

Late in April, rival Fatah and Hamas groups announced a reconciliation agreement to end a seven-year political rift.

Under the agreement, which is opposed by Israel, Abbas would start discussions to form a unity government within five weeks and call for general elections six months after forming the new administration.

Rice told Abbas that any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the two parties.

While Israel has been negotiating with the Fatah-governed Palestinian Authority led by Abbas, it has considered Hamas a staunch militant enemy.

Hamas has objected to the peace talks and to acknowledging Israel in the past.

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