Abbas says dissolution of PNA not an option (2)

08:53, December 07, 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 the settlement construction.

The Palestinians decided to halt the talks with Israel, after the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a 10-month moratorium over freezing settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

At the press conference, Gul reiterated Turkey's call for Israel to give up building new settlements and start displaying a positive stance for the continuation of the peace talks.

Turkey would maintain its close cooperation and solidarity with the Palestinians and continue to extend social and economic support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, said Gul.

Abbas arrived in Turkey on Sunday for an official visit and met Turkish President Abdullah Gul earlier on Monday.

Source: Xinhua

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