Palestinian leadership to convene over Netanyahu's speech

09:21, May 26, 2011      

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The Palestinian leadership will convene on Wednesday in Ramallah to review the recent speeches of U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to sources close to PNA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas will chair the meeting that will be attended by members of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), as well as members of Fatah's central committee, the source added.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu spoke to the U.S. Congress, reiterating that Israel cannot withdraw to its 1967 lines, in response to Obama's speech in which he urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks with the 1967 borders as the baseline of the negotiations.

But the U.S. president also said Palestinian efforts to get the UN recognition of statehood in September and the attempts to isolate Israel internationally would fail.

Meanwhile, Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh said in radio that the leadership is determined to approach the UN recognition of an independent state, saying that the move would not contradict with the resumption of peace talks.

Source: Xinhua
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