Palestinian official says not yet to dissolve PNA, welcomes Brazil's recognition of state (2)

10:17, December 06, 2010      

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The direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which were launched in Washington on Sept. 2 and suspended on Oct. 2, are still stalled despite the United States, which is the main sponsor for the peace process, attempts to convince Israel to halt settlement construction.

The Palestinians decided to halt the talks with Israel, after the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a ten-month moratorium over freezing settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. They said no talks before halting settlement.

Abbas and other Palestinian officials had threatened to use other diplomatic options in case Israel keeps insisting not to freeze settlement, among these options is to see an international recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.

They said that if all these efforts failed, Abbas would announced that the PNA is dissolved and the West Bank would remain under the Israeli occupation. "President Abbas had exerted every possible effort to rescue the peace process and gave alternatives mainly concerning freezing settlement."

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