Fatah official criticizes Palestinian acceptance of negotiations

13:36, August 27, 2010      

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An official from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party on Thursday criticized the Palestinian acceptance to resume direct peace talks with Israel since the internal situation was worse.

"The Palestinian situation is very bad and dangerous," Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah central committee, told Voice of Palestine radio.

Before going to negotiations, Zaki said, the Palestinian unity should be restored, referring to Islamic Hamas movement's 2007 violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the subsequent political separation between Gaza and the West Bank.

"The split must be ended and unity must be established with an internal front to boost the Palestinian position and polarize international support," Zaki said.

Following intensive Western pressure, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) accepted a U.S. invitation to resume direct negotiations with Israel after more than 15 months of near-total freeze. The talks would kick off in Washington on Sept. 2.

Zaki said the Palestinian leadership must be prepared well for the negotiations, noting that some of the Arab countries have also pressed President Abbas to change his mind and start negotiations.

Abbas wanted Israel to stop settlement activities in East Jerusalem and to keep its 10-month moratorium on Jewish settlement in the West Bank as a condition to resume the talks.

Source: Xinhua


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