No talks resumption without serious U.S. offer, Arab League

09:35, December 16, 2010      

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Arab foreign ministers decided in a meeting here Wednesday not to resume the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel unless the United States makes a serious offer.

The Arab peace initiative follow up committee issued a statement affirming that negotiations will not be resumed unless Washington makes a serious offer and clarifies the bases of the negotiation process, Palestinian Presidency spokesman Nabil Abul- Rhudeinah told Egypt's official MENA news agency as saying.

The statement also held Israel responsible for the deadlock, according to the spokesman.

The committee convened Wednesday evening in the Arab League headquarter in Cairo to make a collective decision on the fate of the peace process and to study other options in case of the peace talks failure within the coming period.

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attended the meeting and briefed 14 Arab foreign ministers on the outcome of his talks with Washington and his meeting with U.S. Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell in Ramallah to revive the peace process.

The meeting of the Arab committee is held after the United States announced it had failed to persuade Israel to freeze settlement building as a condition to resume the suspended direct peace talks.

Source: Xinhua


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