Abbas calls on Israel to stop settlement activities to resume peace

14:53, April 13, 2011      

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Spanish Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon reviews honor guards during a farewell ceremony after his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 12, 2011. Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia were in a short visit to the region. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called on Israel to cease settlement constructions in the occupied territories to resume peace talks.

He also said that Israel should commit itself to the references of the peace process, including the recognition of the goal that the negotiations should lead to a Palestinian statehood on the lands that Israel has occupied in 1967.

Abbas made the remarks as he received Spain's Crown Prince Philip, his wife and Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"The bases of peace are clear; land in exchange for peace; two- state solution and the establishment of the Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem," Abbas said.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians stopped in September 2010. The Palestinians walked out of the U.S.-brokered negotiations, protesting the resumption of Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Abbas praised the Spanish support to the Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority.

Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, quoted Prince Philip as saying that Spain supports the peace process and the Palestinian people's right in having their independent state alongside Israel.

Source: Xinhua
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